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.

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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AT&T / T-Mobile Merger Getting No Rubber Stamps from Senate

AT&T / T-Mobile Merger Getting No Rubber Stamps from Senate

Yesterday, the US Senate held a hearing on the AT&T / T-Mobile merger, titled "Is Humpy-Dumpty Being Put Back Together Again?”. If the name is not enough indication, a quick perusal of the transcript show some major suspicions on the part of Senators towards the deal. Senators Herb Kohl (D-WI), Michael Lee (R-Utah), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Al Franken (D-MN), John Cornyn (R-TX), and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) wanted explanations as to why this merger was necessary, and why they should allow AT&T to absorb a competitor, bringing them back to near-monopoly status.

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Google Introduces Revamped Android Market at I/O

Google Introduces Revamped Android Market at I/O

Today at Google I/O was mostly about Chrome: Chrome OS, Chromebooks...but there was another annoucement today about a new version of Android Market for web, phones, and tablets. The new version is meant to improve the app discovery experience, and make it easier for you to find good new apps. This update gives the Android Market a feel more similar to the Amazon Appstore and Apple's App Store. Continue after the cut for more details.

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Google I/O Day 2 Keynote Recap

Google I/O Day 2 Keynote Recap

The content below was written by John Scheible, who will be writing for us starting now. Vincent Nguyen, never one to miss an opportunity, met him in line for the Google I/O Day 2 Keynote. He is an engineering student at the University of Michigan, an Android developer, and has been following Android and learning about/developing for the platform for a year now. We at SlashGear welcome him to our team. Without further ado, John's first post, recapping the Day 2 Keynote...

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Google Chrome OS “Chromebook” Detailed

Google Chrome OS “Chromebook” Detailed

Google has just changed the PC experience. PCs have some major downsides, they take a long time to boot up, you have to constantly be managing updates (I don't know how many times I have had to update Java, RealPlayer, etc.), and you have to make sure you have anti-virus up to date as well. Google has said they are rethinking the entire PC experience, and the result of that is the Chromebook. The key to the Chromebook is "nothing but the web". [Update: Acer and Samsung will provide the hardware]

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Google Chrome Store Announces 95% Cut for Developers

Google Chrome Store Announces 95% Cut for Developers

Google just gave a huge gift to developers, improving the Chrome web store to make it easier to make an in-app purchase so the user can stay engaged in the app while making the purchase. Also, the web store is now available in 41 languages. Time spent in apps has doubled, and also transaction times have gotten longer.

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Chrome on Day 2 Keynote, Verizon Hotspots for All!

Chrome on Day 2 Keynote, Verizon Hotspots for All!

Vic Gundotra welcomed everyone to the Keynote for Day 2 today, and confirmed, if the Chrome bubbles on the screen were not enough of a clue, that today's keynote will be focused on Chrome. He also let us know that yesterday there were 60,000 simultaneous viewers of the keynote, and over 100,000 people watched the keynote around the world. We also found out what those blue vouchers were for that we got yesterday.

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