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Michael Crider writes primarily for Android Community and covers Windows for SlashGear. A native-born Texan, Michael's previous careers include graphic design, TV and movie blogging and technical writing. You can follow him on Twitter (@MichaelCrider ) and Google+ for geeky insights on sci-fi, detective noir and Big Band music.

Samsung: PenTile keeps you happy for longer

Samsung: PenTile keeps you happy for longer

There's something of a spat among display enthusiasts, and not just the fans themselves: Samsung and LG have been tacitly one-upping each other over the screens in their smartphones for the last year. As videophiles are all too eager to point out, the PenTile pixel matrix that Samsung uses in most of its Super AMOLED screens is technically less sharp and dense than comparable LCD screens. In a discussion at CTIA in New Orleans, Samsung marketing manager (and regular SlashGear contributor) Philip Berne defended Samsung's choices, noting that PenTile AMOLED screens last longer than standard counterparts.

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T-Mobile turns down Verizon’s 700MHz spectrum sale

T-Mobile turns down Verizon’s 700MHz spectrum sale

Verizon's proposed purchase of $3.9 billion worth of US wireless spectrum formerly reserved for over-the-air cable broadcasts is not sitting well with competitor T-Mobile, as they've said before. Today T-Mobile CEO Philipp Humm made it clear in no uncertain terms that the company wasn't interested in the bands that Verizon proposed to sell as a concession for its acquisition of prime wireless real estate in the AWS spectrum. Humm has already met with the FCC to express his displeasure.

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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670 review round-up

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670 review round-up

NVIDIA revealed its latest GPU today, and even if the GeForce GTX 670 isn't technically the greatest (that honor goes to its dual-GPU big brother the 690) reviews across the board are generally positive. The reference card should put prices in the $400 range, about a hundred bucks less than the GTX 680 and considerably more justifiable for the PC gamer on a budget. Take a look at the opinions of the major gaming and hardware resources after the break.

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Nokia 808 PureView says “Enhance!” in new video

Nokia 808 PureView says “Enhance!” in new video

We've all seen it - the police department/spy agency/starship captain needs to see greater detail when viewing a static image, so a leading actor yells "Enhance that!" and relies on Hollywood magic to instantly grant a crystal clear view of the perpetrator. You can check out a brilliant compilation of these movie and TV moments here. But with Nokia's 808 PureView smartphone and its mind-boggling 41-megapixel camera, all those cheesy scenes suddenly seem more plausible, as a Brazilian Nokia blog found out.

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California demands electric cars from more manufacturers

California demands electric cars from more manufacturers

California has gained a reputation as one of the scripted governmental bodies in the world when it comes to the environment, and like it or not, there's no denying that its legislation drives green technology. At the moment the top six automakers in the state - Ford, GM, Chrysler, Toyota, Honda and Nissan - are required to sell a certain number of all-electric or fuel-cell cars every year. California has updated its mandate so that by 2018, any automaker that sells 20,000 vehicles or more in the state will also be held accountable.

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Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket HD for AT&T cancelled

Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket HD for AT&T cancelled

Samsung's Galaxy S II Skyrocket was arguably the best Android phone on AT&T, right up until the HTC One X was released this weekend. The company had planned a successor to the phone, the Skyrocket HD, which would bump the phone's 4.65-inch screen screen up to a full 1280x720 resolution. But speaking to reporters at CTIA in New Orleans, Samsung marketing director Ryan Bidan said that the phone had been cancelled, giving the new Galaxy S III's greater specifications as the reason.

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Samsung buys mSpot cloud music service

Samsung buys mSpot cloud music service

Samsung may have spoiled any big CTIA reveals with the launch of the Galaxy S III last week, but that doesn't mean it can't make some corporate waves. The Korean manufacturer has announced that it's purchased mSpot, a cloud music and movie service focused on mobile apps. While Samsung didn't announce its intentions beyond tablet and smartphone integration, its desire for both media sales and cloud infrastructure services across its many device categories is well known.

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Wolfenstein 3D turns 20, goes free on the web and iOS

Wolfenstein 3D turns 20, goes free on the web and iOS

If you've played Halo, Modern Warfare or Team Fortress in the last week, take a moment to thank id Software. Twenty years ago last Saturday they published Wolfenstein 3D, forever placing a mark on first-person shooter gaming and giving a whole new generation good reason to hate Nazis. Bethesda Softworks, id's current owner and publisher, is celebrating by making the iOS game free for today (Wednesday) only, and publishing a free browser-based version for everyone.

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Google’s Andy Rubin claims no prior knowledge of Oracle patents

Google’s Andy Rubin claims no prior knowledge of Oracle patents

The legal back and forth between Oracle and Google continues as the trial begins the patent phase in earnest. When called to testify by the plaintiff, Google's Vice President of Mobile Andy Rubin stated that he and his team of engineers had no knowledge of the two Sun Microsystems patents that Oracle claims Android's Dalvik virtual machine violates. Rubin founded Android, Inc., which was acquired by Google in 2005. Oracle's patents were filed by Sun, which the company bought in 2010.

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Whistleblower calls for Yahoo! CEO to be fired

Whistleblower calls for Yahoo! CEO to be fired

Despite highly publicized stories of a falsified degree listing on his resume, Yahoo!'s CEO Scott Thompson still holds his position as of early Wednesday afternoon. Despite calls from one of Yahoo's largest invested hedge funds  for his resignation and financial mogul Warren Buffet's less than flattering statements to the same effect, Thompson has given no indication that he intends to do so. The latest call comes from Daniel Loeb himself, the Third Point CEO who did the legwork and found that Thompson's claims were false.

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NVIDIA adds CUDA support to open source compiler

NVIDIA adds CUDA support to open source compiler

Hardware design companies aren't always at the forefront of the free and open source software movement, but in the last few years NVIDIA has been making an effort to give back to the software community. Their latest bit of geeky chivalry is making their CUDA software architecture compatible with the popular LLVM compiler with the contribution of open source code. This will allow LLVM to take advantage of CUDA in the same way that games and professional graphics applications already do.

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Back to Basics: How Google’s driverless car stays on the road

Back to Basics: How Google’s driverless car stays on the road

Google's self-driving cars are making headlines again, now that they've expanded testing from California into Nevada. Competitors are hot on their tail, but currently Google seems to have an undisputed spot on top of autonomous vehicular design. So how do they do it? With a combination of some incredible software and hardware engineering, using processes developed by both Google and the best and brightest of DARPA's robotic race challenges.

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