Archive for Dec 28, 2009

Panasonic completes largest plasma screen plant

Panasonic completes largest plasma screen plant

Plasma TVs have been overtaken by LCD TVs for many reasons. One of the main reasons is that the average plasma screen consumes lots more power than the average LCD TV. Despite that, plasma TVs are still popular.

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Record iPhone game downloads predicted for this week

Record iPhone game downloads predicted for this week

The iPhone and iPod touch are two of the most popular mobile gaming platforms around. The iPhone is selling in huge numbers still and the App Store is setting records for downloads and available apps. Mobclix and PlayHaven have released data predicting a huge week for iPhone game downloads.

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WebOS update 1.3.5 to hit today for Palm Pre

WebOS update 1.3.5 to hit today for Palm Pre

Palm is not doing as well as it had hoped with its Pre and Pixi devices running Web OS. The handsets are struggling to find a big market with Sprit and poor sales of the devices was part of the reason for the poor earnings that Palm recently posted.

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Nintendo and Intel chatting it up about new console?

Nintendo and Intel chatting it up about new console?

Sales of the Nintendo Wii have dropped significantly certainly leaving the suits over at Nintendo scrambling to find ways to get sales back to where they used to be. One of the ways to get new sales would be to introduce a new game console. The current Wii has been around for a long time now after all.

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Apple iSlate – Irrefutable evidence that’s the name of the new tablet

Apple iSlate – Irrefutable evidence that’s the name of the new tablet

Yes, it’s Christmas but this Apple rumor is too juicy to wait. It’s true; Apple’s tablet may indeed be called iSlate! MacRumors discovered via historical evidence that Apple purchased the domain name iSlate.com from Data Docket, Inc. in 2007. Mark Monitor manages domain names for many companies, including Apple. Even though the true identity of the domain name was set to private, there was a small window where Apple’s ownership info was exposed and then changed back a few weeks later. iSlate.com doesn’t point anywhere for now, but there are lots of speculations of Apple announcing a tablet early 2010.

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iSlate Tablet touchdown in 2010?

iSlate Tablet touchdown in 2010?

So Steve Jobs is “extremely happy with the new tablet”.  That’s always good news with the Apple chief (he’s apparently already killed it off twice).   Furthermore, Apple is expected to make a major product announcement on Tuesday, January 26th in San Francisco (possibly called iSlate), and Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster has noted that “there is a 75 percent likelihood that Apple will have an event in January and a 50 percent chance that it will be held to launch the Apple Tablet”.  Apple shares today are currently up and have hit a record high.

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Happy Holidays from SlashGear!

It's December 24th, and the SlashGear team are taking a break to spend some time with friends and family; we'll also be rubbing our hands together, wondering what shiny gadgets might be waiting under the tree.  We'd like to wish all of our readers a very Happy Holidays and all the best this festive season! 

We'll be back on December 28th bringing you the latest and greatest in consumer electronics, so until then enjoy the break and maybe let us know what tech you're hoping to unwrap over the next few days.

Motorola Droid hacked – Wi-Fi tethering within reach

Motorola Droid hacked – Wi-Fi tethering within reach

The recently released Motorola Droid is a jack of many trades but unfortunately stops short at the art of wireless tethering.  An online tutorial over at DroidForums has incidentally appeared and evidently reveals how to enable the Wi-Fi tethering functionality on the smartphone.

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Laylo and Dominio – Launching of Two Kyocera Phones with MetroPCS

Laylo and Dominio – Launching of Two Kyocera Phones with MetroPCS

Kyocera announced the launch and availability of both the Laylo and Domino today with MetroPCS as the network provider.  The Laylo is a elegant slider outfitted with a concealed vanity mirror that is revealed upon sliding it open.  The Domino is a stream-lined candy-bar phone that shares a platform with the Laylo.

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For DIYers and PC Gamers, GIGABYTE System Builder released by Futuremark

For DIYers and PC Gamers, GIGABYTE System Builder released by Futuremark

Most shoppers for a new PC face the dilemma of deciding how much to spend (especially in this economy) and what type of performance they should expect in return.  Known for its performance analysis software and services( for PCs and smartphones such as the the 3DMark benchmark suite), Futuremark, is attempting take the strenuous guesswork out of the process of purchasing a PC with the System Builder by Gigabyte online tool.

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Fleximus camera concept by Art Lebedev

Fleximus camera concept by Art Lebedev

Art Lebedev has brought out for us another novel concept, aside from the rather remarkable vision of the Transparentius.  What looks at first glance to be one of those snake reading lights is actually a bendable digital camera in the shape of a flexible body with an integrated lens that can be hooked to either a viewfinder on the end of the camera, or an attachable 3-inch LCD display unit.

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Immersive next-gen gaming system merges virtual and real world

Immersive next-gen gaming system merges virtual and real world

For those of you out there who’ve gotten tired of Wii-style gameplay, not to mention mice and keyboards, this new-fangled immersive multiplayer gaming system created by a team of game designers of the National University of Singapore will be bound to shock your world, virtual, real, or augmented.

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