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.

SlashGear Morning Wrap-Up, May 5th 2011

SlashGear Morning Wrap-Up, May 5th 2011

This morning, we are looking forward to the Samsung Event at 4pm EST. Will it be the Infuse? Will they announce a date for the Galaxy S II for the US? The hot new phone has been selling like crazy in South Korea, and our review unit knocked our socks off. We'll be sure to let you know what happens at the event. Meanwhile, Samsung has revealed a "hybrid tablet" with SENS-240 navigation. But how useful is it, really? The incomparable Chris Davies has a great column this morning analyzing Verizon's Bliss "phone for ladies". Really Verizon? Aren't we ladies smart enough to download our own apps? Also, Acer news, ARM chips, Microsoft denying updates and taking on Apple (again), the NOOKcolor 3G, Anonymous and other hackers, and much more after the cut.

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Less TVs in the US, is it the Economy or the Internet?

Less TVs in the US, is it the Economy or the Internet?

I am considered an oddity among some of my friends and family because I don't have cable. I do have a TV, but I rely on DVDs, Netflix and my Roku player for my television viewing. When someone asks me if I've seen a commercial, I just smile and say "no". In fact, my daughter (at 4 years old) was shocked the first time she watched Nickelodeon when the commercials came on. She had never seen one. But maybe my odd choice is becoming less odd. A new report by Nielsen shows that for the first time since 1992, there are less US households with television sets. To be sure, the vast majority of households still own TVs, but the percentage has gone from 98.9 percent to 96.7 percent. Part of the explanation is the economy, and the change to digital. But is there another explanation?

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Mass Effect 3 Delayed Until 2012

Mass Effect 3 Delayed Until 2012

One of the most highly anticipated games of the year, Mass Effect 3, will be delayed by Electronic Arts until 2012. The company made the announcement on the game's Facebook page, saying they want to make sure the game is the best it can be. Mass Effect 3 was originally due out in Fall 2011. The response of fans on the page seems mostly positive, saying that it's better to make sure the game is right rather than rush the release.

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Apple iOS 4.3.3 with “Bug Fix” for Location Tracking Now Available

Apple iOS 4.3.3 with “Bug Fix” for Location Tracking Now Available

We have been closely following the iPhone 4 location tracking saga, and reported on Monday that Apple was getting ready to release iOS 4.3.3 to make it possible to clear your cache of location tracking, and to turn off the tracking completely. Now iOS 4.3.3 is available via iTunes for AT&T's iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPads, and the fourth-gen iPod touch. There is a separate update, iOS 4.2.8, for Verizon's iPhone.

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Sony Responds to the House of Representatives Hearing on Data Theft

Sony Responds to the House of Representatives Hearing on Data Theft

The attack on Sony's Playstation Network is getting serious attention from the U.S. House of Representatives today, as the Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade held a hearing today. The subject? “The Threat of Data Theft to American Consumers.” Sony had declined to appear at the hearing, but Kazuo Hirai, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Sony Computer Entertainment America, has sent in written responses to questions posed by the subcommittee. We have followed the PSN story very closely, as Sony has struggled to deal with the "very carefully planned, very professional, highly sophisticated criminal cyber attack" on its network.

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SlashGear Morning Wrap-Up, May 3 2011

SlashGear Morning Wrap-Up, May 3 2011

With BlackBerry World still rolling on, we've got plenty of exciting RIM news this morning, but first, make sure you check out the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer review by our man Chris Davies. Also, Asus will only be able to build 10K of these tabs per month, when they wanted to build 300K. But they plan to have the bottleneck in component supplies cleared up by June. Now, on to BlackBerry news, plus a new iMac, and lots of Android, including a special Ice Cream Sandwich from Google.

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Colorware Colorizes the iPad 2

Colorware Colorizes the iPad 2

Colorware is known for applying custom color to just about any gadget you can think of, and now they are offering their services to the iPad 2. There are a whole slew of custom iPad colors available. You can either purchase the iPad 2 directly from them or send yours in. There are options in solid finish, metallic, or pearl, and you can customize not only the case color, but the Apple logo color and the button as well. See all the delicious color-i-ness, and a video, after the cut.

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Angry Birds Rio Gets First Update Next Week

Angry Birds Rio Gets First Update Next Week

Have you played Angry Birds Rio? According the the Angry Birds Facebook page, the first update to the game is on its way next week. The update is called "Jungle Escape", and can be seen ready to be unlocked in the screenshot after the cut. It promises more "marmoset-mauling action" and "juicy secrets to discover."

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SlashGear Morning Wrap-Up, May 2nd 2011

SlashGear Morning Wrap-Up, May 2nd 2011

The biggest news this morning, of course, is that Osama bin Laden is dead, killed in a raid by the US Military. And the news was inadvertently broken first on Twitter by one Sohaib Athar, who is now begging media to leave him alone so he can get some sleep! In other news, BlackBerry World is happening now, and we are loaded up with BlackBerry news, including the news that the BlackBerry PlayBook will be getting updates every few weeks to get the somewhat disappointing software up to speed. Already, there is news that the PlayBook will be getting Video Chat and Facebook apps in May. Read on to see all the BlackBerry news, and much more, including Thunderbolt, Nokia, ASUS, Motorola and Apple.

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SlashGear Morning Wrap-Up, April 28th 2011

SlashGear Morning Wrap-Up, April 28th 2011

Good news this morning, with Verizon's 4G LTE back online in time for the launch of the DROID Charge. But this is a black eye for Verizon, casting doubt on the reliability of their network, and leaving subscribers to wonder why they had to use a workaround to get 3G. We have a hands-on of the new white iPhone 4 that Chris Davies visited with in London, complete with a video and a comparison to the Samsung Galaxy S II. Also, users that had manually updated their Nook Color found their e-reader bricked after the 1.2 update was installed. No word yet on a fix, just that "engineers are investigating the issue". Also, the Huawei lawsuit, RIM's questionable OS update, the G-Slate, more on the Sony PSN story, plus the Samsung Galaxy S II launch in Korea. Lots more after the cut.

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