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.

Tired of waiting for NoDo? Download it yourself.

Tired of waiting for NoDo? Download it yourself.

Microsoft has announced it is pushing out the NoDo update for Windows handsets, but the update may be a bit slow in coming to your phone. We posted the timetable from Microsoft last week. But if you are tired of waiting, you don't mind a little risk, and want to be able to copy and paste without delay, you are in luck. A blog post by Chris on My Coding Adventures, offers a way to download the update right now.

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Elgato EyeTV App with AirPlay Functionality

Elgato EyeTV App with AirPlay Functionality

If you have EyeTV on your Mac, now you can get it on your iPhone or iPad as well. With the new app, you can stream live television over a 3G connection, as long as you have EyeTV already set up at home. The app converts live TV to the right format for view on an iPad or iPhone.

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Developers: Android Fragmentation is a “Huge” Problem

Developers: Android Fragmentation is a “Huge” Problem

The results of a survey of 250 working developers suggest that though more developers are actively creating apps for Android, they also have serious concerns about the platform. The survey was conducted by Baird's William Powers, and released Monday. Among the concerns are device fragmentation, store fragmentation, app visibility, and the ability to get paid. Our own Ben Bajarin has had similar concerns, especially about the security of apps on Android. Continue after the break for more details.

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SlashGear Science Week In Review

SlashGear Science Week In Review

This week in science: a very different kind of "mystery meat", the climate dangers of contrails, and and artificial leaf that does more than make your office look nicer. And robots: a robot that puts the "personal" in PC, a robot that can build other robots, and a robot that makes paper airplanes (but is not a slacker). Also, fighting fire with electricity, a floating solar power plant and T-Rex's new cousin. Stay tuned!

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Amazon/Google Ramping Up Interest in NFC

Amazon/Google Ramping Up Interest in NFC

According to the site Near Field Communications World, Google and Amazon.com are both showing some interest in Near Field Communications, or NFC. Google has joined the NFC Forum as a Principal member, which allows them to use their own in-house facilities to conduct NFC Forum certification testing. Amazon, also is showing serious interest in the technology, considering expanding Amazon Payments to include payments via mobile phones. Read more about these developments after the cut.

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A New Concept for Rechargeable Batteries – USB

A New Concept for Rechargeable Batteries – USB

When my son was born, and his vibrating bouncy seat started eating through AA batteries like jelly beans, I bought rechargeable batteries. But I found them kind of a pain. They didn't always charge back up very well, and it took a long time to charge them. Therefore, the battery charger is now in a drawer, and while we still go through AAs like crazy for all those electronic toys, I just buy regular batteries. But if this concept design comes to light, I might just switch back. Continuance is a battery with a USB port right in the side.

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eBay Sales of iPad 2 are Brisk Due to Limited Supply

eBay Sales of iPad 2 are Brisk Due to Limited Supply

Demand is still far ahead of supply for the iPad 2, which has proved to be quite a boon to eBay sellers. AppleInsider was able to get initial iPad 2 sales data from eBay, which shows what models are the most popular, and who is buying them. Most of of the units (65%) are being sold in the U.S., showing that even though the device has been out for a few weeks now, there is still a shortage.

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Windows Phone 7 Drawing Developer Interest

Windows Phone 7 Drawing Developer Interest

Microsoft has reported that there are 1,200 new developers joining the AppHub community each week, showing that there is considerable interest in building apps for Windows Phone 7. Even though the platform has only been available to consumers for four months or so, the developer tools have been available for over a year. And celebrating that first year of Windows Phone development, Microsoft's Brandon Watson has come out with a list of statistics that help to show the progress of Windows Phone 7 AppHub and the developer community.

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