Author Archives: Robert Evans


Motorola Gives out Golden Xooms to Movie Stars

Motorola Gives out Golden Xooms to Movie Stars

Were you nominated for an Academy Award this year? The answer is almost certainly 'no'. But if you were, Motorola has the coolest goodie bag present ever for you. The company has just tweeted that it will be giving out golden Xooms to all nominees at this year's show. Can Android Honeycomb wash away the sting of losing an Oscar? We'll know on Sunday, February 27.

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Former Head of Design Discusses Where Nokia Went Wrong

Former Head of Design Discusses Where Nokia Went Wrong

Adam Greenfield was once the head of design direction for UI over at Nokia. Now he's off on his own, and posting on the Internet about his experiences at Nokia. While Adam had only positive things to say about his co-workers, he slammed Nokia for several major shortcomings. The crux of their problems?

"...the company is fundamentally, and has always been, organized to trade in commodities."

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Nomad Capacitive Brush for iPad Unveiled

Nomad Capacitive Brush for iPad Unveiled

The iPad got a little more creative today, with the launch of the Nomad Brush. This weird new "stylus" is made from capacitive fibers that actually register on the touchscreen like real brush strokes. While the iPad is the most obvious device for the Nomad, it will work on any capacitive touchscreen.

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Official Apple Playing Cards Show Up on Ebay

Official Apple Playing Cards Show Up on Ebay

Apple fanatics, get ready to search your souls and throw some serious money at eBay. A rare set of playing cards themed after OS 7 have just hit the online auction site. These cards were never available for purchase outside of the Apple campus store. They were released in 1997, which means this deck may be among the last surviving. You know you want them. Unfortunately, everyone else does too.

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The Verizon iPhone: Mostly Bought by AT&T iPhone Owners?

The Verizon iPhone: Mostly Bought by AT&T iPhone Owners?

The Verizon iPhone hasn't been quite the wild success we'd expected. Not only is the Big Red iPhone not moving fast, it is also selling primarily to people who already own iPhones. So far, there's little evidence of a great Android flight.

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Microsoft Opens Kinect SDK Up To Hackers

Microsoft Opens Kinect SDK Up To Hackers

Microsoft has proved their support of the "backyard" modding community today. News has just come out that the company will release the Kinect SDK for personal use this March. It will initially only be for non-commercial use. A follow-up commercial SDK has been outed as launching "later", possibly this Fall.

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BlackBerry Bold Touch Spotted In The Flesh

BlackBerry Bold Touch Spotted In The Flesh

We're still a depressingly long way off from any QNX-based BlackBerry handsets. But RIM's next line of smartphones has already started to leak out. We first heard about the Bold Touch from a leaked CDMA roadmap. Now images of the device itself have leaked.

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WorldGSM at MWC 2011: Mobile Data for Impoverished, Isolated Villages

WorldGSM at MWC 2011: Mobile Data for Impoverished, Isolated Villages

Since you're reading SlashGear, you almost certainly don't live in an isolated village in rural Africa. But if you do, you're almost certainly connecting to our site thanks to WorldGSM from VNL. This solar-powered mobile network hub is rugged, green and designed to be affordable in areas with an ARPU of less than $2.

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MWC 2011: SwissQual’s Diversity Ranger is the Backpack of the Future

MWC 2011: SwissQual’s Diversity Ranger is the Backpack of the Future

Looking to do some network benchmarking in the Swiss Alps? Want to test which wireless network gets the best signal in isolated volcano islands? Probably not. But it's nice to know the option exists. After a few hours of playing with tablets and playing with more tablets, I decided to drop by SwissQual's booth to see just how tough their new Diversity Ranger network benchmarking pack was.

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AT&T Strikes Back: Atrix Laptop Dock Not Pricey Next to Tablets

AT&T Strikes Back: Atrix Laptop Dock Not Pricey Next to Tablets

It's no secret: the Atrix laptop bundle is rather pricey at $499. And that's after a $100 rebate, so you'll be setting down $599 in-store. People complained that this was way more expensive than a netbook. AT&T responded that tablets were their real competition.

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Twitter User Sinks Sony’s Battleship, Leaks PS3 Hacking Code Via PR Guy

Twitter User Sinks Sony’s Battleship, Leaks PS3 Hacking Code Via PR Guy

People who work online can still have a terrible day at the office. Kevin Butler, Sony corporate spokesman, is having one right now. A PS3 fan tweeted the well-meaning PR suit a strange series of letters and numbers. Butler retweeted the numbers, adding: "Lemme guess...you sank my Battleship?"

As it happens, those numbers were a crucial bit of code needed to hack the Sony PlayStation 3. Butler had revealed them to a whole world of Sony followers. It was an event worthy of two face-palms.

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The MPAA Might Cut Off Google’s Internet Access

The MPAA Might Cut Off Google’s Internet Access

We live in a society of laws that no man- or corporation- is above. And when a company sort-of breaks the law in a virtually imperceptible way, they have to pay the price. In Google's case, that means losing their Internet access. Over the past months, Google has received more than 100 notices of copyright infringement from MPAA-studios.

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