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.

Nintendo 3DS Sets One Day Sales Record

Nintendo 3DS Sets One Day Sales Record

Nintendo has said that the new 3DS handheld game system has set a day-one sales record. Specifically, the company said day one sales were "the highest of any Nintendo hand-held system in our history." They have not provided specific sales figures at this time, saying they reveal first-week sales figures for the system on April 14th. The 3DS seems to be avoiding the shortages which occurred with the Wii, and there are plenty of 3DS handhelds in stock at Toys R Us, Target, and other retailers.

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Verizon USB551L 4G LTE Modem Available March 31st

Verizon USB551L 4G LTE Modem Available March 31st

The Verizon USB551L 4G LTE USB modem, made by Novatel Wireless, which the company states is "the smallest LTE USB modem available today", will be available in Verizon stores and online this Thursday, March 31st. According to Verizon, the device is up to fifty percent smaller than competing products.

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iMobot Intelligent, Reconfigurable Modular Robots

iMobot Intelligent, Reconfigurable Modular Robots

iMobot modular robots, developed by researchers at UC Davis, are small modules that link together like a chain to form larger robotic modules. The modules have two joints at the center which can rotate 180 degrees. The robots have four degrees of freedom, so they can stand themselves up, roll end over end, stack themselves, and inch along like a caterpillar. They can even carry cameras. And the researchers are looking to make them available commercially soon. Read more, and see a video of the iMobot in action after the break.

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Discovr App Offers Interesting Way to Find New Music

Discovr App Offers Interesting Way to Find New Music

There is no shortage of iOS apps to help you find new music; based on friend's recommendations, or what your friends have downloaded. But what if you are looking for a specific sound? You don't necessarily want to know what everyone else is listening to, you want to find a certain sound or style. That's what the Discovr music app hopes to help with.

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Lady Gaga and “Little Monsters” Donate $1.5 Million to Japan Relief

Lady Gaga and “Little Monsters” Donate $1.5 Million to Japan Relief

Lady Gaga, has donated $1.5 million total to the Save the Children’s Japan Earthquake Tsunami Children in Emergency Fund and The American Red Cross. The money was raised through sales of the artist's Japan Prayer Bracelets. The bracelets sell for $5 each on her website. All proceeds from the purchase of the bracelets go to relief efforts, and buyers can also add an additional donation amount when purchasing.

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How Tablets Can Connect the Disconnected

How Tablets Can Connect the Disconnected

Many of us have heard stories about tablets being more accessible for those who have trouble dealing with PCs. Grandmothers, for example, who have never used a computer, get hold of an iPad and start tapping away like an old pro. What is it about tablets that make them so engaging, and make them so much more appealing than using a PC for some people? Let's face it, PCs can be complicated. If you know nothing about using one, setting up a PC could be an insurmountable task. You have software to install, inexplicable error messages, antivirus notifications always popping up...

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SlashGear Science Week In Review

SlashGear Science Week In Review

Welcome to the first SlashGear Science Week In Review. Each Saturday, we will round up our favorite science stories of the week for your perusal. Some are stories that we covered, others we didn't get to. A sample of this week's stories: A new form of matter, a hexacopter with superpowers, a robotic cloud, a supercool brown dwarf star, playing music using only your mind, and our ancestors on Mars. Think we missed something? Let us know in the comments!

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BizCafe: The Cafe of the Future?

BizCafe: The Cafe of the Future?

The BizCafe, a new design concept from the folks at SADI, a design school in South Korea, promises an environment where you can not only get some coffee, you can remain completely connected as well. It features a multi-touch table that will display your cell phone screen on the table and charge your phone at the same time. And before you go, you can dump your coffee into a device that uses the water to humidify the room. Find out more about this concept and see what it would look like after the cut.

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Make Your iPhone into a Woody – from Trunket

Make Your iPhone into a Woody – from Trunket

If you want to add a bit more class, or maybe charm, to your iPhone, look no further. Trunket, a company based in Bridgeport, Connecticut, has wooden iPhone 4 cases available for sale. Really, it's not a case, it's an overlay that you stick to the back of the phone. Find out more about the company and the cost of these stylish stickies after the break.

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Hexacopter Senses Motion and Breathing Through Concrete Walls

Hexacopter Senses Motion and Breathing Through Concrete Walls

This week TiaLinx has unveiled its Phoenix 40-A unmanned hexacopter (helicopter with six blades) which can sense breathing and motion in buildings on the ground. This is the newest addition to the line of life-sensing bots that includes the Cougar20-H, a rolling ground-based robot that can detect breathing through a concrete wall. The US Army has provided development funding for this project.

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AT&T and Sprint May Divide the Spoils of T-Mobile

AT&T and Sprint May Divide the Spoils of T-Mobile

AT&T may have to make some major concessions in order to get FCC approval for its acquisition of T-Mobile, according to analysts at Citadel Securities, and Sprint may just be the beneficiary of those concessions. AT&T has already stated, in its Stock Purchase Agreement filed March 21, that it is ready to divest up to 40 percent of T-Mobile's subscribers. But AT&T may need to make even more significant concessions to get the deal done.

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