Archive for March, 2010

The Daily Slash: March 31st 2010

The Daily Slash: March 31st 2010

Today's one of those days, where it almost feels like nothing happened until that big thing happened. What do you think, is today going to be one of those days where you look back, and ask your friends a few years down the road: "Where were you when the iPad got reviewed?" Well, the day's over, and here we are at another edition of the Daily Slash. First up, we've got Apple sending out reminders to the hungry masses where, and when, they can pick up their Apple tablet on Saturday. And then we've got Sony tagging along with Dell, hoping that people will start liking their eReader. As for the next generation of the iPhone, it looks like Apple may have figured out that whole multitasking thing. And finally, we've got two stories about Japanese ingenuity: a skateboard and a keyboard the proof.

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Apple iPad: Review Round-Robin [Updated]

Apple iPad: Review Round-Robin [Updated]

Sure, the general consumer aren't going to get their chance to handle the iPad until this Saturday, but that's not stopping major sites all over the Internet from putting up their two cents on the tablet from Apple. They're coming in from all over the place, basically, but we're just going to focus on three sites in this article: PC Mag, All Things D, and The New York Times. We'll go ahead and pull in their general consensus for you right here. That is, just until we get our own review up for your reading pleasure.

Updated with more reviews after the cut

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Apple iPad Bundled Up and Ready to Ship: the Guide

Apple iPad Bundled Up and Ready to Ship: the Guide

We are just days away from one of Apple's biggest launches to date. Many would argue that the iPad has even managed to surpass the original iPhone, and perhaps some analyzed numbers would help that theory along. Whatever the case, the fabled tablet from the Cupertino-based company is almost here. People all over the United States have begun to receive their notifications in one fashion or another. Whether you have the tracking number on refresh in your browser, or you've been told that you need to visit your local Apple Store to retrieve your reserved gadget, each story has the same ending: This Saturday marks the day you can stop wondering what Apple's tablet would be like, and finally get to play with it. But, what makes it tick? Why should you be interested in the tablet at all? Isn't it just a big iPod Touch? We won't dwell on the nay-sayers for this all-encompassing guide. Instead, we'll take a look at what we know, and skip the heresy. After all, with less than a handful of days remaining before the big day, there's no room for speculation.

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Rumble-Pack Vest Lets You Experience First Person Shooters in a Whole New Way

Rumble-Pack Vest Lets You Experience First Person Shooters in a Whole New Way

Are you a gamer? Are you a gamer that loves to play First Person Shooters like Halo or Modern Warfare? If you are, then we can imagine that burning desire at the core of your self, that wishes you could play a game like that and experience, in some way, the sensation of being shot. Right? Of course you have. And, thanks to a roboticist from the University of Pennsylvania, you are one step closer. By proxy. Or, living vicariously through him, in any case.

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Simmtronics Simmbook Heading to Emerging Markets Thanks to IBM and Canonical

Simmtronics Simmbook Heading to Emerging Markets Thanks to IBM and Canonical

The Simmtronics Simmbook is one of those devices that needs to be in emerging markets. There is plenty of competition in markets like the United States, Japan, and Europe, so a netbook of this caliber just makes more sense where less money, means more of an opportunity. The Simmbook is being helped along by a partnership from its parent company, with IBM and Canonical, all in hopes to bring the little netbook to markets for less than its current $190 price tag.

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MeeGo Available Now for Download Onto Your N900

MeeGo Available Now for Download Onto Your N900

MeeGo was announced a little over a month ago, and it looks like they are right on schedule. Today marks the official announcement that you can download a developer's build of MeeGo for your Nokia N900, if you are so inclined. Though, we wouldn't feel right if we didn't tell you (in fact, warn you) that this is an early, early view of the MeeGo platform. It's intended for developer's who want to see it before it reaches maturity, so to speak, and therefore in no way shape or form is it ready for mass consumption.

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Ford use Microsoft Hohm intelligent electric car charging; WP7 app in the pipeline

Ford use Microsoft Hohm intelligent electric car charging; WP7 app in the pipeline

It's been a while since we last heard about Ford's plans for intelligent hybrid and electric-vehicle charging, but now the motoring giant has picked up Microsoft to help out.  Microsoft Hohm sounds like it should be a Buddhist-themed April Fools prank, but it's apparently a new energy monitoring system that will help balance load across the power grid and make for more efficient, cheaper recharges.  There's also talk of a Windows Phone 7 app - complete with a homescreen widget - though currently only at the concept stage, which could remotely inform you when your car is charging, what its battery status is and how long there is left until it's completely topped up.

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iPad coders losing interest as Android picks up slack?

iPad coders losing interest as Android picks up slack?

If ever you needed an example that 99-percent of what you read online is speculation, trying to gage iPad developer engagement is it.  Within a space of hours, two reports have emerged suggesting that coders are both flocking to the iPad and losing interest in it.  The Wall Street Journal reckons the Apple tablet "is boosting developer interest in Apple's store because the device is set to expand the audience for apps and paves the way for developers to introduce new innovations" thanks to "key features that help play up apps, such as high-quality color touch-screens, accelerometers and relatively fast processors."  They point to Social Gaming Network, 90-percent of whose developers are busy with iPhone OS based apps.

Meanwhile, Computerworld quotes Appcelerator, who have been running platform surveys with developers and who claim that interest in the iPad has waned.  They say that, where 90-percent of developers questioned just prior to the iPad's announcement said they were planning to release software for the tablet, only 80-percent still expect to do so now.  In fact, Appcelerator reckon Android is of far more interest to developers than the iPad.

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