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.

Samsung Galaxy S II Official Live Demo [Video]

Samsung Galaxy S II Official Live Demo [Video]

Are you excited about the Samsung Galaxy S II? You should be. With its dual core processor, all day battery life, and huge screen with Super AMOLED Plus, this is the most exciting phone coming out right now. You can check out our full review of the device here. Samsung has just come out with an official live demo for the Galaxy S II, which is 12, count 'em, 12 minutes and 34 seconds long.
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Contour+ Hands-Free Video Camera Detailed

Contour+ Hands-Free Video Camera Detailed

We posted about the new Contour+ hands-free professional quality video camera yesterday, and now we have more details on the camera to share with you. The Contour+ claims to "create a new era in the technical side of storytelling", and brings a professional quality camera at a price that is accessible to consumers.

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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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AT&T’s $6bn gamble: The cost of T-Mobile merger failure

AT&T’s $6bn gamble: The cost of T-Mobile merger failure

Even though the Senate was pretty tough on AT&T and T-Mobile executives at the hearing on Monday, questioning whether the merger of the two companies would benefit consumers or just bring AT&T closer to a monopoly (or a duopoly with Verizon), it seems AT&T is pretty confident that the deal will go through. In fact, AT&T is betting $6 billion on it.

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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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Intel’s New Atom Chip Architecture Coming

Intel’s New Atom Chip Architecture Coming

Intel is currently working on a new Atom chip architecture, codenamed "Silvermont". This new architecture goes beyond the Ivy Bridge with 22nm 3D Tri-Gate transistors. The new Google Chromebooks use Atom processors, but the Silvermont architecture speeds things ahead by two generations. Continue past the cut for more details.
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Netflix Launches Android App for “Select Phones”

Netflix Launches Android App for “Select Phones”

Excellent news for Netflix subscribers who love their Android phones! Netflix has just launched an app for Android, something that has been long-awaited by Android device users. The app is free from the Android Market, but is only available "on select phones that currently have the requisite playback support." So far that means the HTC Incredible, Nexus One, Evo 4G, and G2, plus the Samsung Nexus S. Netflix says it will be quickly adding to the phones that can download the app.

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35% of Smartphone Users Launch Apps Before Getting Up

35% of Smartphone Users Launch Apps Before Getting Up

We all know how easy it is for a smartphone to become welded to your hand. It seems that many users can't even get out of bed without checking in on their beloved phone first. A survey by telecom equipment maker Ericsson (the PDF is here), finds that 35 percent of iPhone and Android users in the US use non-voice applications before they even step out of bed in the morning. The most popular app launched before getting up? You guessed it. Facebook.

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The Pirate Bay Blocked by Comcast?

The Pirate Bay Blocked by Comcast?

The Pirate Bay, a Swedish site that hosts BitTorrent files, may have been blocked by Comcast to their subscribers. TorrentFreak reported this morning that Comcast subscribers were unable to access The Pirate Bay's site. The Pirate Bay has been no stranger to downtime, but this time around, it seemed to be only affecting certain people. Comcast has denied that they are the ones blocking the site. So what is going on?

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