Author Archives: Samia Perkins

Samia Perkins is a writer and editor at SlashGear and Android Community. She is a science geek, former science teacher, technical writer, and a mom of two. She has been writing for R3 Media since January, and also is the author of SlashGear's Science Week in Review.

Sony’s Stringer Calls PlayStation Network Outage a “Hiccup”

Sony’s Stringer Calls PlayStation Network Outage a “Hiccup”

Sony's CEO, Howard Stringer, did several interviews today, with Bloomberg, the Financial Times, and the Wall Street Journal. He said that Sony is no closer to finding the culprit behind the attack, and is focusing on security challenges ahead. He told Bloomberg, "Nobody's system is 100 percent secure. This is a hiccup in the road to a network future." The PlayStation Network went down on April 20th, and only came back online on Saturday. Sony is still working to sort out issues with the Network and to regain its users' trust.

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Siara Broadcasts Familiar Sounds Anywhere

Siara Broadcasts Familiar Sounds Anywhere

If you are stuck inside a cubicle all day and wish you could hear the birds singing, or the fountain in your garden at home, Siara might be the solution for you. Siara was designed by Navid Gornall, and is meant to bring a "familiar experience to an unfamiliar place". It is designed to be used by normal, non technically-inclined people, and be easy to use and set up. Plus, it looks beautiful, being made with walnut and aluminum.

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New Alien Planet Gliese 581d Confirmed as Habitable

New Alien Planet Gliese 581d Confirmed as Habitable

The planet Gliese 581d looks like it might be a great vacation destination in the future, if Virgin Galactic gets its spacecraft up to speed. The planet is 20 light years away, so saying that something is confirmed is a little sketchy at that distance. However, the planet does orbit in the "Goldilocks zone" which is not too near and not too far away from the star to support life. 581d orbits a red dwarf star, leaving the surface of the planet in perpetual "murky red twilight".

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Winklevii Have 0.00% Chance of Taking Facebook Case to Supreme Court

Winklevii Have 0.00% Chance of Taking Facebook Case to Supreme Court

Oh dear. Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss just can't catch a break. First their $65 million Facebook settlement turns into $100 million, and now the courts have turned them out on the street. The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals want nothing to do with them. In fact, they said this: “The petition for rehearing en banc is denied. See Fed. R. App. P. 35, 40. No further petitions for rehearing or rehearing en banc may be filed.” Harsh, eh? What that means is, "go away and stop bothering us, YOU DON'T HAVE A CASE!" Now the poor twins have nowhere to go, except the Supreme Court.

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Postage Stamp Size Satellites Launch with Space Shuttle Endeavour

Postage Stamp Size Satellites Launch with Space Shuttle Endeavour

Space Shuttle Endeavour launched today, on its last mission and the second to last mission of the Space Shuttle program. On board this time were three postage-stamp sized mini satellites. These tiny satellites will be mounted on the outside of the International Space Station, and will perform the same mission that the Russian Sputnik spacecraft did in 1957. They will monitor space conditions and broadcast them back to Earth.

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PlayStation Network Restoration Q&A

PlayStation Network Restoration Q&A

The PlayStation Network went back online on Saturday, so PlayStation fans can again play video games online. Sony is also working on getting the password reset problem sorted. But the service is far from being completely restored. The PlayStation Store, for example, is still behind on updates. Full information on the Welcome Back Package, and the ID theft protection Sony is offering is still to come also. Today, Sony published a new Q&A on its official PlayStation blog answering some questions and promising answers to others "soon".

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iPhone 5 Leak from China?

iPhone 5 Leak from China?

With evidence mounting that the iPhone 5 is coming in the fall, here is some more fuel for the fire. A new Chinese case design found on Alibaba.com, which is a business-to-business trading site for Chinese manufacturers and suppliers, claiming to be for the iPhone 5G. It is worth taking a look at as Chinese manufacturers often get design specs before the official launch.

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Robotic Exoskeleton Helps Paraplegic Student Walk

Robotic Exoskeleton Helps Paraplegic Student Walk

We love robots here at SlashGear, especially when they can help people do things they wouldn't normally be able to do. This weekend, a paralyzed student at UC Berkeley was able to walk across the stage to receive his diploma thanks to a metal robotic exoskeleton developed at Berkeley. It was an exciting moment for the student, and for the researchers who have been working on this technology for over a decade.
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