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.

RIM Recalls 1,000 PlayBooks for Faulty Software

RIM Recalls 1,000 PlayBooks for Faulty Software

RIM has issued an official statement saying that it has determined that one thousand BlackBerry PlayBook tablets, the 16GB model shipped with an OS build that resulted on the devices being unable to properly load software on initial set-up. This is another hiccup in the somewhat rocky launch of the PlayBook (review here), calling into question the confident tagline RIM is using: "Amateur hour is over." More on this story after the cut.

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SlashGear Science Week in Review – Robot Edition! May 14th 2011

SlashGear Science Week in Review – Robot Edition! May 14th 2011

This week's SlashGear Science Week in Review is all robot. We always try to include at least one robot story in each edition, but this week, there were so many robot stories to choose from, we decided to feature all of them. These robots range from robotic arms engaging in an epic lightsaber duel, a cute and cuddly robot toy, a jumping robot (kind of) named after a famous frog, and one robot that seems to be channeling Rosie from the Jetsons. Then, those crazy German engineers who brought us the Rollin' Justin robot are back and this time, they're coming out swinging, as in gleefully whacking a robot with a baseball bat. Also, a couple of robot concepts that we encountered at Google I/O this week. And last, a rolling trash can that isn't a robot, but plays one on TV. Of course, there are lots of videos included as well. Read on for all the robot goodness.

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Intel Pushes Cedar Trail/Oak Trail Chipsets for Tablets and Notebooks

Intel Pushes Cedar Trail/Oak Trail Chipsets for Tablets and Notebooks

At Google I/O this week, Google announced Android 3.1 to be officially released in June, giving us all hope that it will be more free with licensing the OS to tablet hardware vendors, and that we will see Honeycomb on more tablets. Google had previously only given licensing to Asustek, Acer, and Motorola for their tablets. Motorola has already updated the Xoom to 3.1. Google has also said that they will cooperate with Intel to get Oak Trail/Chrome or Cedar Trail/Chrome platforms for more Chromebooks.

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Droid Charge Goes on Sale at Verizon Tomorrow!

Droid Charge Goes on Sale at Verizon Tomorrow!

We've been anxiously awaiting the Droid Charge coming to Verizon, as it was supposed to be released on April 28th. Verizon delayed the release of the second 4G LTE phone on its network when it experienced an outage for most of the day on April 27th, the day before the Charge's scheduled release. Now Verizon has confirmed to SlashGear that the much-anticipated phone will be available tomorrow.

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Leaked Letter from Sony Reveals More Details About PlayStation Network Hack

Leaked Letter from Sony Reveals More Details About PlayStation Network Hack

We have had a lot of news over the past 23 days about the hack and closure of Sony's PlayStation Network, but there are still a lot of questions over what exactly happened. Sony said in its letter to Congress that the attack was a “very carefully planned, very professional, highly sophisticated criminal cyber attack”. And it certainly has set Sony back on its heels, with the network still down, and Sony still struggling to clean up the mess the hack has caused, and losing the trust of its users. Now, a letter sent from Sony to publishers of the PlayStation Network and Qriocity yesterday has been leaked, and we have a few more details about what happened.

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Xbox 360 Top Selling Console 10 out of the last 11 months

Xbox 360 Top Selling Console 10 out of the last 11 months

Xbox 360 was the number one selling video game console in April, according to NPD Group, and it also ranks as the top selling console for 10 out of the last 11 months. The Xbox 360 has had half of the top ranking games for April of this year, and consumers have spent $310 million on Xbox 360 hardware, software and accessories in April alone. Pretty impressive. See more details after the cut.

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Adobe Flash 10.3 Now on Android Market

Adobe Flash 10.3 Now on Android Market

Adobe has just released Flash Player 10.3, and it is available in the Android Market. This now bumps Flash up to version 10.3.185.21. Flash 10.3 is available for Android 2.2 Froyo, Android 2.3 Gingerbread, and Android 3.01 Honeycomb devices, and it also supports Android 3.1. The release comes with several new features, and some important bug fixes. Continue after the cut for more details.

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