Archive for April, 2009

Reminder: Slacker Radio Plus giveaway!

Reminder: Slacker Radio Plus giveaway!

Don't forget, SlashGear and Slacker are giving away a full year's subscription to Slacker Radio Plus to one lucky reader.  Entering is simple and free, and the winner will get advert-free access to Slacker's catalog of over two-million tracks on their BlackBerry, iPhone or iPod touch!  In fact you can use the Slacker service as your own personal jukebox, as Radio Plus subscribers get unlimited song requests.  To find out how to enter, head over here!

Microsoft Vine: “It’s time to get into the bunker”

Microsoft Vine: “It’s time to get into the bunker”

Microsoft have launched a new service which aims to keep groups of friends and family updated and located during periods of crisis.  Eighteen months in development, Microsoft Vine is a system that integrates local news with status updates from Facebook, presented in a desktop client, by text message or by email.  The concept is that local emergencies can be quickly spotted and then group-wide alerts sent out, with users "checking in" to report that they're safe.

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Rovio Fire Extinguisher mod

Rovio Fire Extinguisher mod

Sentry robots like WowWee's Rovio are all well and good - wandering around your house while you're away, and allowing you to log-in remotely and make sure nothing amiss is taking place - but they generally fall short when it comes to actually dealing with a problem.  That was the starting point for RoboCommunity member Colt45, who hacked his Rovio into a remote fire extinguisher.

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Upcoming Averatec 10-inch netbook may use Android

Upcoming Averatec 10-inch netbook may use Android

Averatec are developing a new netbook that is "a merger of cellphone and PC technology", prompting speculation that the company will use Android as the budget ultraportable's OS.  Company CEO Tae-Hyun "Tiger" Cho has described the OS as "a surprise" and would neither confirm nor deny the Android rumors; the Averatec netbook will reach the market in August or September 2009.

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Ex-ATI GPU designer hired by Apple

Ex-ATI GPU designer hired by Apple

Apple have hired an ex-ATI graphics chip designer, Bob Drebin, and while the specific department he will be placed in is unknown, Drebin's background as CTO of ATI's product group makes it a sensible guess that he's helming a GPU project.  Drebin was responsible for leading GPU engineering at ATI since 2000, while before that he was a product developer at Silicon Graphics and ArtX; while at the latter, he worked on the "Flipper" GPU that was used in Nintendo's GameCube.

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