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.

NEW CONTEST! Win an Aire LED Black Monitor from SlashGear!

NEW CONTEST! Win an Aire LED Black Monitor from SlashGear!

Because we love you, our readers, so much, we have got yet another contest for you! You'll have a chance to win a fabulous Aire LED Black Monitor, thanks to AOC! This monitor features one of the world's thinnest displays, only 12.7mm throughout, with a sleek, piano black finish. We are giving away the 22" version of this HD screen. The monitor can be placed on a desktop, or you can tilt the stand with the press of a button and mount this puppy on the wall. All you have to do is head on over to our Facebook page and be our friend. Read on for all the details.

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White iPhone Needed Sunscreen – Challenges Explained

White iPhone Needed Sunscreen – Challenges Explained

Color goes more than skin deep, at least for the iPhone. Apple has explained some of the challenges that caused delay after delay for the device. Apple had announced plans to make the iPhone 4 in both black and white, and in fact had the white phone on hand at the product announcement, but found the white color a challenge. The color effected the internal components, as well as needing more protection from the sun. The company has said that the modifications they made for the white device will benefit them with the iPad as well.

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SlashGear Morning Wrap-Up, April 27th 2011

SlashGear Morning Wrap-Up, April 27th 2011

Good morning, or good afternoon to you all, depending on where you abide. It's been another busy morning at SlashGear, and we have lots of news to wrap up for you. Verizon's 4G LTE network is down nationwide, relegating those with a 4G hotspot or an HTC Thunderbolt to 1x speeds, but don't worry, there is a workaround. Also Sony defends its handling of the PSN hack, and the sluggish pace of getting information to customers. Acer comes out with not one but two 3D devices, and Nintendo lets us know that sales of its 3DS are "weaker than expected". After hearing that sales of the 3DS set records, we wonder if we can ever believe earnings reports. Much more news to wrap up, and A NEW GIVEAWAY after the cut.

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Sony Issues Update: PlayStation Network Account Information Compromised

Sony Issues Update: PlayStation Network Account Information Compromised

After many fits and starts, we finally have the real story of the the PlayStation Network outage. We had heard that there was an "external intrusion" into the network, we had heard that there had been rampant piracy, and we had been assured by Anonymous that they had nothing to do with it. Now Sony has issued a statement confirming that user account information has been compromised. See the full statement after the cut.

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Belkin N150, N300, and N600 DB Routers Available Now, N450 and N750 DB Coming Soon

Belkin N150, N300, and N600 DB Routers Available Now, N450 and N750 DB Coming Soon

Belkin has just released a new line of high-performance routers, with Multi-Beam technology. The routers promise a larger coverage area, and some also feature an automatic data backup app. The N150, N300, and N600 DB routers are available in the US now, and start at $34.99 for 150 Mbps wireless speed. The higher end N+ router, N750 DB, will be available next month for $129.99, along with the N450 N+ router. The N750 DB and N600 DB are dual band devices, which "eliminate interference and optimize performance for bandwidth-intensive applications such as high-definition video streaming". See all the details on these devices after the cut.

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Evernote for Mac 2.1 Updates Include Note Sharing and Recording

Evernote for Mac 2.1 Updates Include Note Sharing and Recording

Sometimes it is tough to organize all of the information we collect every day, and things can get lost. Where did I see that great article? Where was that recipe I saw that I wanted to make? Where is that paper that I used to write down the idea I had? Evernote, a personal and business organizational tool that lets you collect ideas, scan in handwritten notes, and save links, photos, and files, has a great solution to help. They have both a free and premium version of their app. Today, Evernote has released several updates today for their Mac app. The updates include sharing on Facebook, Twitter and elsewhere, recording audio notes, and faster search.

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SlashGear Morning Wrap-Up, April 26th 2011

SlashGear Morning Wrap-Up, April 26th 2011

It's been a busy morning already, with phones aplenty announced on Sprint and Verizon, and more Sony PlayStation Network news. Also, a review by the estimable Chris Davies of the Samsung Galaxy S II, the new phone is light and thin, with an extra-large 4.3 inch screen. More Apple news as well, with an Apple developer's white iPhone showing up on eBay and selling for a pretty penny. But will Apple allow it? Also, developers have more love for iOS than Android, but consumers have no love for their iPhones tracking them. In other Apple news, TweetDeck now has an iPhone app.

The ASUS Eee Transformer tab is already selling out, even before release in the US, and ASUS is working quickly to update software for the new tab. See all these stories after the cut.

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SlashGear’s Gigantic XOOM Giveaway WINNER #2

SlashGear’s Gigantic XOOM Giveaway WINNER #2

Welcome to the second and last giveaway winner post – as long as the winner gets in contact with us in under 24 hours (give or take a few hours, to be fair,) if not, we'll be picking again! As you know from our original post, we’ve got a total of 5 tablets – 2 for SlashGear, another 3 for Android Community – we’ve got another winner announcement over there if you care to take a look, feel free to join both contests! Meanwhile, our second winner goes by the name Scott Lebsack!

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Reminder: We Have an XOOM Contest Going On, Winner at 5pm PST

Reminder: We Have an XOOM Contest Going On, Winner at 5pm PST

In case you missed it, in case you didn't know yet, in case you somehow haven't seen our reminders before, we need to tell you...we have AN XOOM CONTEST going on! We have a total of FIVE XOOM tablets we're giving away. Two of them have already gone to new homes, but there are two more left on Android Community, and we still have ONE MORE left here at SlashGear. The winner of our last tablet will be announced today at 5pm PST. So you still have three more opportunities to win an XOOM, that super awesome Android 3.0 Honeycomb tablet, with NVIDIA's Tegra 2 dual-core processors. The XOOM is just waiting to go home with you.

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Don’t Want to Tell Everyone What You “Like”? Use the Send Button

Don’t Want to Tell Everyone What You “Like”? Use the Send Button

Facebook's "Like" button is everywhere online. Most any website you run across has a "Like" button somewhere, so that make it even more amazing that the "Like" button only launched a year ago. But what if you don't want to share your "Like" with your 300+ Facebook friends? Today, Facebook announced that it is adding a new social plugin, called the "Send" button. The new button makes it easier to share with an individual or a group in fewer steps than were previously required.

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