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

Galaxy Note II flexible display tipped (but don’t expect a bendy phablet)

Galaxy Note II flexible display tipped (but don’t expect a bendy phablet)

The Galaxy Note II is expected to be announced at the end of the month ahead of IFA 2012, but there’s always time for some last minute details. According to a report from the Korea IT Times, Samsung will make use of an 5.5-inch AMOLED panel in the Galaxy Note II featuring unbreakable plane display technology along with a plastic substrate. That will allow the South Korean manufacturer to reduce the thickness of the phone, possibly leaving room for a larger battery.

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IDC: iOS and Android on 85% of shipped smartphones

IDC: iOS and Android on 85% of shipped smartphones

It shouldn’t come as any surprise to see iOS and Android dominating the mobile landscape, but new information from IDC confirms that to be the case. Both iOS and Android now account for 85% of smartphones shipped during the second quarter of 2012. Android is said to have around 68.1% market share, up from 46.9% in 2011, while iOS sits at 16.9%. All in all, around 154 million smartphones were shipped during the quarter.

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Self-driving cars accelerating as Google builds fleet

Self-driving cars accelerating as Google builds fleet

Google’s self-driving cars have gained regulatory approval for testing in several states across America, and new information indicates just how much the company has been testing the vehicles. Google’s fleet of self-driving cars have reportedly amassed more than 300,000 miles under a myriad of different traffic conditions, and better yet, not a single accident has occurred since the company began testing the cars.

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Dell U2713HM AH-IPS monitor breaks cover

Dell U2713HM AH-IPS monitor breaks cover

Dell has been due for a refresh of its flagship 27-inch UltraSharp monitor, and it looks like an updated model has finally made an appearance on the company’s Japanese website. The U2713HM features the same 2560x1440 resolution as the U2711, but Dell has opted to use the newer AH-IPS (Advanced High Performance IPS) technology. The benefits of AH-IPS include improved color accuracy as well as more efficient light transmission, ultimately leading to a more power efficient display.

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SiriusXM On Demand for iOS now available

SiriusXM On Demand for iOS now available

It looks like SiriusXM is ready to start providing its content in a way people will be more receptive to, today announcing the launch of SiriusXM On Demand. The company says that over 200 shows and 2,000 hours of content will be available from its network on the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Better yet, the app will be available at no extra cost to existing SiriusXM subscribers, so if you happen to miss your favourite show while on the road, you can fire up the app and listen later without worrying about the costs.

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Sloppy slates not iPad envy fueled Samsung refund rush

Sloppy slates not iPad envy fueled Samsung refund rush

One of the damning arguments used against Samsung in its trial against Apple was the return rate of the Samsung Galaxy Tab range to Best Buy stores. The high return rates were supposedly attributed to customers mistaking the tablets for iPads, although new survey information from Best Buy conducted by Samsung shows that it might not quite be that simple. Samsung conducted a survey across 30 Best Buy stores across the United States in 2011 that showed the most popular reason for return was a high malfunction rate.

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OUYA promises XBMC support

OUYA promises XBMC support

OUYA, the Android-based gaming console, has secured yet another high-profile app. The team behind the console has courted the XBMC development team, promising that early prototypes will be delivered that should enable XBMC to run on the platform smoothly and without any issues. According to the OUYA Kickstarter page, the team behind OUYA fully support XBMC, with “nearly a third” of the XBMC development team having backed the “open” console.

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Facebook launches real money gambling app in UK

Facebook launches real money gambling app in UK

There are no shortages of apps and games on Facebook, and there have been gambling apps available on the social network in the past. Today marks the first time that Facebook has allowed one of its games to put real money at stake, however. The launch of Bingo Friendzy in the UK allows users to play different games to try and win cash prizes. The app was created by Gamesys, owners of one of the UK’s leading bingo websites. Any Facebook user in the UK can try the game as long as they’re over the age of 18.

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HTC faces bleak future as July revenues drop 45%

HTC faces bleak future as July revenues drop 45%

HTC’s 2012 smartphones have been met with favorable reviews, but it looks like the numbers aren’t reflecting the quality of the handsets. HTC has reported its July 2012 revenues, with the company amassing ~$835 million. That’s down 45% compared to July 2011, with the company also dropping ~$168 million compared to May of this year. HTC’s share prices fell by 7% after the news was released, with the company’s stocks sitting at their lowest since November 2008, according to Reuters.

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Microsoft revamps Windows Phone Dev Center

Microsoft revamps Windows Phone Dev Center

Microsoft has gone to great lengths to make Windows Phone as appealing as possible, adding new features and functionality that will make an appearance in Windows Phone 8 come October. Apps are what really drives a mobile ecosystem at the end of the day, so Microsoft’s new Windows Phone Dev Center should help developers keep on top of app development and management going forward. The company has given the Dev Center an all new layout, along with new options and support for PayPal payments.

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AMD FirePro W9000 GPU churns out 4 TFLOPS for $4k

AMD FirePro W9000 GPU churns out 4 TFLOPS for $4k

Top of the line gaming GPUs from the likes of AMD and NVIDIA may cost a pretty penny, but the price of the professional solutions that the companies offer will really make your eyes water. AMD has introduced the new $3,999 FirePro W9000 graphics card, with the company calling it the “world’s most powerful.” The GPU comes with 6GB of GDDR5 memory, can take advantage of 4 TFLOPS of single precision and a single TFLOP of double precision, and can shift a whopping 1.95 billion triangles per second.

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