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.

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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Google I/O Day 2 On the Runway

Google I/O Day 2 On the Runway

We're revving up and getting ready for Day 2 of Google I/O, with the keynote starting in just a few minutes. Yesterday was jam-packed with annoucements, from Google Music Beta, movie rentals on Android, Honeycomb 3.1, Ice Cream Sandwich, and Android at Home. You can see all of our coverage, including the full keynote video, here. Our buddies Vince and Ben are at the event, getting ready to head into the keynote any minute, and we will be giving you up to the minute coverage on the news as it comes out. Today's keynote will likely focus on Chrome.

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Google’s +1 Button Expanding Around the Web Soon

Google’s +1 Button Expanding Around the Web Soon

Google has showed, on the first day of this year's I/O event, that they have no end of surprises up their sleeve. We noticed an announcement on Twitter today that Google's +1 button will be available to publishers in the coming weeks, and to "stay tuned". We venture the speculation that Google has big plans for the +1 button, and that it will be a significant competitor to Facebook's "Like" button, but Google will likely want to differentiate +1 from Facebook.

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Zynga Goes “Gaga” with “GagaVille”

Zynga Goes “Gaga” with “GagaVille”

Zynga and Lady Gaga have worked together before, when Zynga was raising money for the Japanese earthquake and tsunami. Zynga has also had quite a few high-profile partnerships with musicians and entertainment companies, including Snoop Dogg, Dreamworks, Nickelodeon, The Green Hornet and others. This deal with Lady Gaga, however, is the biggest one to date. May 17, Lady Gaga and Zynga will be unveiling GagaVille!

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Samsung and Verizon Hand Out Tickets for SIM Cards and Mobile Hotspots at Google I/O 2011

Samsung and Verizon Hand Out Tickets for SIM Cards and Mobile Hotspots at Google I/O 2011

The free gear continues to flow at Google I/O. Samsung and Verizon have handed out cards which are good for a free Verizon Mobile Hotspot and a SIM card which gives three months of complimentary service from Verizon. The tickets can be exchanged for the gear tomorrow afternoon at the Gear Pick Up location at the conference. This fresh gift of gear comes immediately after the announcement during the first keynote that every attendant of the conference will be getting a Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1.

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