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.

Android Ice Cream Sandwich Officially Announced at Google I/O

Android Ice Cream Sandwich Officially Announced at Google I/O

Android Ice Cream Sandwich has been officially announced, coming in Q4 2011. It comes with a super awesome logo, which you see below. There are some amazing new features being announced, including 3D. Google says its goal is to deliver "one operating system that works everywhere, regardless of device." Update: Ice Cream Sandwich will be able to run on nearly all current Android hardware, so it can work on older handsets as well. It won't be limited to just the newer phones.

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Getting Ready for the First Keynote at Google I/O

Getting Ready for the First Keynote at Google I/O

Today at 9AM Pacific Time is the first Google keynote speech. We're in the crowd waiting in line for the door to open, along with about fifteen billion other people. But we will be giving you the big news first! We'll be ready with not only news, but analysis, and our thoughts on what the announcements mean. Ice Cream Sandwich? Google music service? Chrome? You'll see it first here. [Update: We're in, and its starting now!]

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Woz was right after all: Apple may be looking to acquire Nuance

Woz was right after all: Apple may be looking to acquire Nuance

Last November, Steve Wozniak spoke out of turn and said that Apple was planning buying Nuance who specializes in voice recognition software. He later had to come out and say he was "totally wrong". Now, it seems he may not have been completely off-base, as today speculation has surfaced that Apple is, in fact, looking at a deal with Nuance. Apple is reportedly very interested in improving its voice recognition capability in iOS 5, and Nuance would help them do that.

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Next-Gen Looxcie Video Camera Gets Look from the FCC

Next-Gen Looxcie Video Camera Gets Look from the FCC

Last month, our own Chris Burns reviewed the Looxcie LX1 video camera, a small camera that you wear around your ear, like a Bluetooth headset. The camera gives a first person perspective, and connects to your phone via Bluetooth. Now, Looxcie has taken the next generation camera, the LX2 to the FCC. There seem to have been some improvements, though we will have to wait for more information to know the full feature set of the new camera.

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Google Actively Recruiting Marketing Head for Mobile Wallet Efforts

Google Actively Recruiting Marketing Head for Mobile Wallet Efforts

Using your smartphone as your wallet, and being able to ditch the plastic cards may be getting closer. Google has been showing for some time that it is actively pursuing expanding NFC in many areas, and it looks like they have taken another step in that direction. They are actively recruiting an EMEA head of commerce marketing, and planning on expanding that division. Eric Schmidt said earlier this year that one of Google's strategic initiatives is to support adoption of mobile payments for Android, and they are making progress with the Nexus S 4G out yesterday supporting NFC.

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Sure, the iPad has 82% Market Share, But Will it Last?

Sure, the iPad has 82% Market Share, But Will it Last?

It's no secret that the iPad is the most popular tablet out there right now. But the key words there are "right now". The iPad had a year's head start, and created the current tablet market that so many others are now rushing to join. A survey by the Nielsen company this spring shows that the iPad has an 82% market share of tablets in the U.S. 43% of iPad owners have the 3G version, and 39% have the Wi-Fi only tablet. The closest competitor was the Samsung Galaxy Tab, though it's hard to call 4% "close". No doubt the iPad is a great tablet. We on SlashGear have called it the best on the market. But will that still be true next year? And what impact are tablets having on the way we use our other devices?

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SlashGear Morning Wrap-Up, May 9th 2011

SlashGear Morning Wrap-Up, May 9th 2011

The biggest news this week is Google I/O, coming up tomorrow. We will be there live, so be sure to stay tuned for all the exciting announcements, and of course our analysis. In other news this morning, the Apple brand may be one of the most valuable in the world, even more than Google. And we know people love Apple products, but, let's not fight about them, mmmkay? And we are continuing to follow the Sony PlayStation Network story, as Sony has just announced that it will be the end of May before they get up and running fully again. Plus, NVIDIA and Icera, news about the Nexux S 4G, yet another Android tablet, and one that's a little different, and lots lots more.

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SlashGear Covering Google I/O Live

SlashGear Covering Google I/O Live

Google I/O is happening less than 24 hours from now, Tuesday and Wednesday May 10th and 11th. There is sure to be exciting news coming out of the event, and SlashGear will be there in force to cover it for you. We will be giving you up to the minute coverage, both on the site and on our Facebook page. Be sure to like us on Facebook if you haven't already to be the first to hear about any breaking news. Our team at the conference will be posting on Facebook and Twitter first, and then we will be giving you more detailed information here on SlashGear. Continue past the cut to see what you can look forward to from Google I/O.

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SlashGear Science Week in Review, May 6th 2011

SlashGear Science Week in Review, May 6th 2011

This week in science, we know that computers can drive us crazy at times, but can a computer actually be made insane itself? Apparently so. We have a schizophrenic computer that may actually help us understand the disease in humans. Plus, a couple of other crazy ideas: robotic cat ears controlled by brainwaves, and a DIY stylus for operating your smartphone (or other touchscreen device) with your nose. We also have space news, a new way to use wind power, and a healthy dose of robots. Continue past the cut for all the science goodies.

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Mother’s Day Tech Gift Roundup

Mother’s Day Tech Gift Roundup

Ok, so Mother's Day is just two days away. What to get? There are a lot of great techie gifts out there, and we've got them all rounded up right here for you. We've got eReaders, tablets, an unusual video camera, and an amazing phone for an amazing price. Plus, great ways for Mom to get organized and get rid of clutter, and digital storage to keep all those pictures in one place. And, a free way to keep the kids entertained so that Mom can relax. Read on to see it all.

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SlashGear Morning Wrap-Up, May 6 2011

SlashGear Morning Wrap-Up, May 6 2011

Yesterday, all the excitement was at the AT&T/Samsung event where the Samsung Infuse was unveiled. Vince here at SlashGear posted a hands-on in record time, and Burnsy has now posted his over at Android Community. Watch for full reviews coming soon. So far, the 4G speeds have been just ok. Also, news that Apple may be ditching Intel for ARM, after news yesterday that ARM chips will be in 13% of computers by 2015. Plus, Chris Davies' thoughts on the subject. In other MacBook news, OWC's Mercury Aura Pro Express will give you more storage space, but it'll cost ya, bigtime. Plus, security, shortages, intersting keyboards, and T-Mobile's burning platform after the cut.

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Sony Targeted for Another Attack this Weekend

Sony Targeted for Another Attack this Weekend

Sony has been a major target of hackers ever since it's ill-fated lawsuit against George "Geohot" Hotz. The PlayStation Network attack has drawn attention from the FBI, the Department of Justice, Congress, and the New York State Attorney General. Sony responded via letter to the House of Representatives Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade on Wednesday, defending their response to the PSN attack. Now, it appears that Sony is a target once again. A group of hackers is apparently planning a major attack against Sony's website this weekend.

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