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

Apple granted stay on “Samsung didn’t copy us” ads

Apple granted stay on “Samsung didn’t copy us” ads

Last week, a UK court found that Samsung’s range of Galaxy Tabs didn’t infringe on the design of the iPad. As a result of the verdict, Apple was ordered by the court to advertise the fact on its website for a period of six months, and also run advertisements in newspapers. The company naturally appealed the verdict, and yesterday was granted a stay on the ruling. Apple has managed to escape advertising the lack of infringement, although it’s a temporary delay until the trial is played out in court in the coming months.

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Google adds Handwrite search to mobile devices

Google adds Handwrite search to mobile devices

There are an increasing number of ways to get text onto a smartphone or tablet, with voice dictation proving handy on iOS and Android devices. What about handwriting recognition? Google believes that may be a viable option, introducing handwriting support for search on mobile devices. Once the option has been enabled on the mobile search settings page, users need only draw on the screen with their finger to write out their search query to have it magically converted to text.

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OLPC partners with Neonode for XO Touch

OLPC partners with Neonode for XO Touch

Neonode has today signed a deal with One Laptop Per Child that will see the affordable laptops make use of its multisense technology. The next generation of the OLPC, dubbed the XO Touch, will feature a multitouch 7.5-inch display. The screen is capable of being read outdoors under bright sunlight thanks to a dual-mode option, and the display can also fold over the keyboard so that the laptop can be used as a tablet in certain scenarios.

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Android and Nokia NFC exploits detailed at Black Hat

Android and Nokia NFC exploits detailed at Black Hat

The Black Hat security conference kicked off yesterday in Las Vegas, and one researcher has demonstrated an NFC exploit that affects Android and certain Nokia phones. Charlie Miller showed how NFC is typically enabled by default on most Android phones, and by getting close enough to the device it could be redirected automatically to malicious websites. In addition, he was able to send malware over to the device that exploits the browser, allowing the attacker to read cookie data, view web history, and even hijack the phone.

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Windows Phone 8 SDK leaks out

Windows Phone 8 SDK leaks out

Windows Phone 8 isn’t due to launch until the Fall, but it looks like the full SDK has leaked out of China. The 1.35GB download was served up on Chinese forums WPXAP, and includes a whole host of files that will enable developers to get up to speed with the latest version of Windows Phone. Users are still scrambling to download the SDK, although the file is also reportedly available on Microsoft’s own servers, provided you have the necessary login details to get at it.

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Dragon NaturallySpeaking 12 available August 3rd for $99.99

Dragon NaturallySpeaking 12 available August 3rd for $99.99

If you’re sick of typing out all those articles, essays, and emails, maybe Nuance's Dragon voice dictation is the solution. The company has announced NaturallySpeaking 12 for the PC, boasting that there are over 100 new features and improvements made to the voice recognition engine. As you would expect, the NaturallySpeaking turns your voice into text, powered by Nuance’s voice recognition system famously used for Siri and the voice dictation feature in Mountain Lion.

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It’s not just you: Google Talk is down (UPDATE: And we’re back!)

It’s not just you: Google Talk is down (UPDATE: And we’re back!)

No need to rush off to reset your router: Google Talk is indeed down. The vast majority of users are seeing downtime with Google’s chat service, although the cause of the outage hasn’t yet been determined, and Google isn’t sure when everything will be fixed either. Taking to its status page, Google recognizes that there is a “problem with Google Talk affecting a majority of users.” Users can apparently periodically access the service, but occasionally get error messages and failed message attempts.

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Nokia reportedly unveiling Windows Phone 8 devices on September 5th

Nokia reportedly unveiling Windows Phone 8 devices on September 5th

There’s not long to go until Nokia World kicks off in Helsinki on September 5th, but what exactly can we expect from the event? Chinese website WPDang has it on good authority that Nokia will be unveiled two Windows Phone 8 devices at the event, making them one of the first vendors to bring Windows Phone 8 handsets to the table. WPDang believes that the two handsets could be the Nokia Lumia 910 and Lumia 920.

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BlackBerry 10 features built-in picture editor

BlackBerry 10 features built-in picture editor

One of the features that RIM showed off at BlackBerry World this year was a swanky new camera for BlackBerry 10. Thanks to technology licensed from Scalado, the camera features remove and rewind features, helping to discard unwanted background objects and pick the best face in a photo thanks to a caching feature. Now it looks like RIM will also be including some basic editing abilities in the camera app, including Instagram inspired filters and more traditional tweaks.

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Path 2.5 adds larger photos, movie sharing, and nudging

Path 2.5 adds larger photos, movie sharing, and nudging

The private social network app, Path, has seen an update to version 2.5 for iOS and Android that adds some new functionality. Photos have seen a big improvement in the app, now spanning the full width of the phone’s screen as users scroll through their timeline. Instagram-esque filters can now be applied to photos as they’re taken, and a quick single tap will begin recording video so that you don’t miss out on any action. Users can also take a photo using the volume button on the iPhone, just like in the regular Camera app.

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Microsoft cancels Flight and Project Columbia development

Microsoft cancels Flight and Project Columbia development

Earlier this year, Microsoft released Microsoft Flight, a reinvention of its Flight Simulator games of the past. Now the company has reportedly cancelled further development of the game and laid off around 35 staff members involved in the production. Microsoft says that the game will still be available for download for free via its website and on Steam, but that any future content for the game has been scrapped.

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Sony LT30p “Mint” breaks cover, gets early review

Sony LT30p “Mint” breaks cover, gets early review

Sony is planning to unveil some new handsets on August 29th before IFA kicks off in Berlin, and it looks like one of those has been detailed well ahead of the event. Mobile-Review has gotten its hands on the Sony LT30p, aka the Mint. In addition to the full specs, there are a bevy of pictures of the device from every angle, plus lots of screenshots of Sony’s user interface on top of Ice Cream Sandwich, which includes some new software tweaks.

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