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

Microsoft releases new Photo Gallery and Movie Maker

Microsoft releases new Photo Gallery and Movie Maker

The photo and video editors available on Windows 7 have always been somewhat basic, but Microsoft has today decided to revamp what’s available to users. Windows Photo Gallery and Movie Maker have both been updated for Windows 7 and Windows 8, offering a wealth of new functionality. Movie Maker sees the biggest change, offering some video tweaks that should help you get the most out of your smartphone or camera footage.

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OUYA adds Namco Bandai, Plex, and four controller support

OUYA adds Namco Bandai, Plex, and four controller support

There’s not long to go until OUYA’s Kickstarter project is finally over, but the company is still announcing new features and partnerships left, right, and center. OUYA has taken to its Kickstarter page once again to announce that Namco Bandai is in discussions to bring its games to the Android-based console. Namco name drops some classics such as Pac-Man, Galaga, and Tekken, but it wasn’t confirmed that those specific titles would make it to the platform.

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Motorola backtracks after 4G phone guess goof

Motorola backtracks after 4G phone guess goof

Yesterday Motorola threw up a mysterious teaser image for a smartphone on its Facebook page, encouraging users to try and guess what the handset was with some clues. Many believed that the company would be unveiling a new smartphone at the end of the week, with the primary guess being the DROID RAZR HD. Turns out it was all much ado about nothing, with the company adding a new post to say that the phone being teased is already on the market.

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Nikon Coolpix S800 tipped as company’s first Android-based camera

Nikon Coolpix S800 tipped as company’s first Android-based camera

Several camera manufacturers have expressed their intention to make “smart” cameras, accessing social networking and sharing functions via embedded wireless chips. It looks like Nikon will be the first company to use Android on one of its cameras, however, with a filing at the Indonesian Communication Agency revealing the Coolpix S800 model number. Nikon Rumors believes the camera will run Android 2.3 and be compatible with just about all the apps found on the Play Store.

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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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