Archive for March, 2010

Apple iBookstore Pricing Gets Altered, Prices Get Increased

Apple iBookstore Pricing Gets Altered, Prices Get Increased

There's no doubt that the iBookstore is going to be a hit. Much like the iPad itself. But, that's not stopping news from breaking on the subject at large. From free books being directly available from the digital bookstore, to the pricing getting changed all willy-nilly, it's looking more and more like we're not going to know what's the final word until Apple delivers it. Which, unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on how you look at it) means until we get the iPad in our hands.

A couple days ago, the pricing for iBooks broke cover in the form of an unofficial screenshot. Now, through another unofficial screenshot, we can see that some of those same iBooks have received a price increase. We've been hearing that the scope of prices will be anywhere between $9.99 and $14.99, so seeing the majority of iBooks have taken the middle-ground and landed at $12.99, we're not all that surprised.

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RCA AirPower Charges Batteries From WiFi Signals

RCA AirPower Charges Batteries From WiFi Signals

We're torn between having the latest gadgets, as cool and fantastic as they can be, and our batteries. Truth be told, we can never really seem to have a happy balance. Even with displays like the AMOLED, and with the future release of the Super AMOLED, it's getting better, but manufacturing companies seem to be forgetting that without batteries, we can't use the gadgets they make for us. Luckily for us, there's RCA, and they've got a crazy way of keeping our batteries powered, with the expense of our WiFi signal.

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Apple iPad Cumulative Orders Reaching 500,000, Approved iPad Apps Make Appearance

Apple iPad Cumulative Orders Reaching 500,000, Approved iPad Apps Make Appearance

Apple has a tablet coming out. Have you heard? Of course you have. And, despite the fact that some analysts have painted the future gadget as little less than a mark in Apple's long list of releases, it seems that the actual numbers may actually point to something quite different. In fact, if you were to look over the numbers, it seems that the Apple iPad is actually doing quite well for itself.

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HTC Desire Unboxing [Video]

HTC Desire Unboxing [Video]

While the HTC Legend was a shiny, unibody wonder, the undoubtable star of Mobile World Congress last month was the HTC Desire. Instantly dubbed "the Nexus One with Sense", the Android 2.1 smartphone has just arrived on the SlashGear doorstep demanding its unboxing video privileges. Who are we to turn down a 3.7-inch AMOLED display, 1GHz Snapdragon processor and 5-megapixel camera? Check out the unboxing, plus a first-look comparison with the Nexus One, after the cut.

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NVIDIA GeForce GTS 450, 440 & 430 with Fermi GF104 tipped for June

NVIDIA GeForce GTS 450, 440 & 430 with Fermi GF104 tipped for June

NVIDIA's Fermi GF100-based GeForce GTX 480/470 video cards are expected to arrive sometime today, but according to the latest rumors the company is already planning their mid-range and entry-level alternatives.  Believed to be on track for a June 2010 launch at the earliest, according to 3dceter.org three of the cards will use the 40nm GF104 core with up to 256 shader cores, 64 TMUs, 32 ROPs and a 256-bit memory bus.  Although naming isn't finalised, they're believed to be known as the NVIDIA GeForce GTS 450, 440 and 430.

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Polaroid Spectra film-conversion: trade convenience for cost

Polaroid Spectra film-conversion: trade convenience for cost

So you're not convinced by The Impossible Project's $3-a-shot reimagined Polaroid film, and the rising cost of increasingly scarce original cartridges is making you consider retiring your camera; how about modifying your Polaroid shooter for use with regular sheet film?  It's not a process for everyone - the camera probably won't ever use Polaroid film again, and you won't get your prints instantly - but if you love the optics on your Polaroid Spectra then this Instructable is for you.

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Poker Surface mixes multitouch with smartphone controllers [Video]

Poker Surface mixes multitouch with smartphone controllers [Video]

What would you do with a Microsoft Surface multitouch table, a love of gaming and a handful of spare phones?  If your answer is "I'd make a multitouch poker game, using the phones to secretly view my cards" then tough luck, it's already been done.  Poker Surface is the handiwork of a group of students at the University of Duisburg-Essen in Germany; gameplay mainly happens on the Surface itself, but you view your cards on a wirelessly-connected smartphone, tilting the handset toward yourself to catch a glimpse of what you've been dealt.

Video demo after the cut

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Spotify for iPhone app updated: Last.fm, low-connection streaming, more

Spotify for iPhone app updated: Last.fm, low-connection streaming, more

Spotify's streaming music service has plenty of fans, even without a US release as yet, and the company have just announced that an update to their iPhone client is just around the corner.  The app - first released back in September last year - gains Last.fm scrobbling together with support for easier control of track and album favorites using a new star button system (which is also tipped for the Spotify desktop client soon).

Meanwhile low-speed connections needn't mean an end to your music, as the new version of Spotify Mobile for iPhone now supports a lower, 96kb/s bitrate.  That means some sacrifice of audio quality, but at least you'll be able to keep listening.  Similarly efficient is the app's ability to use tracks already locally cached on the iPhone in different playlists, rather than re-downloading them.

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