Archive for Mar 30, 2010

The Daily Slash: March 29th 2010

The Daily Slash: March 29th 2010

Can you feel the anticipation for the end of the week? Despite the fact it's only Monday, there's definitely more than just a handful of people out there waiting for the weekend. Nevertheless, welcome to another edition of the Daily Slash, where we bring you the other interesting pieces of news you may have missed during the daily grind. In tonight's issue, we have a few iPad stories that boast ridiculous numbers, as well as a little bit of (figurative) gold goodness. We've managed to wrangle up a DIY story that's destined to make you want to get medieval on someone you know, and we've got bookends straight from a galaxy far, far away. And, to tie it all up, we've got the end of an era. Got that popcorn ready? Great. Let's do it.

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Microsoft Zune HD 4.5 Update Coming Sooner Than Later, Updates Smart DJ and Adds Codecs

Microsoft Zune HD 4.5 Update Coming Sooner Than Later, Updates Smart DJ and Adds Codecs

Remember that promise from Microsoft at CES this year? They told us that they, for one, weren't going to forget the Zune HD (in as many words), and told us that a general update would be coming to address the company's Smart DJ feature, and add Xvid and AVI containers. Well, the update is finally coming in the next few weeks, and they are also including a special new feature that those of you with the Zune HD dock are going to enjoy.

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Apple iPhone Heading to Verizon Says Wall Street Journal [update]

Apple iPhone Heading to Verizon Says Wall Street Journal [update]

We're pretty confident in the fact that if you've paid attention to Apple over the last three years, then you probably expected Apple to be working on a successor to the iPhone 3GS. In fact, unless Apple had axed the project altogether, we imagine that many would consider that it's a sure thing. The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Apple is not only working on one iPhone, but two. And where's the second one going? You guessed it: Verizon.

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Microsoft Zune HD Buy-From-Radio Feature Target of Patent Suit

Microsoft Zune HD Buy-From-Radio Feature Target of Patent Suit

The ability to tag songs for a later purchase is one of the easiest, and most convenient ways to shop for songs that you may not have immediate access to. After all, the radio is still an avenue to learn about your favorite band's latest release, or to find new music in general. Microsoft has been tagging songs since late 2008, but it's a pretty big feature in the Zune HD's
catalogue.

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AT&T Dell Aero Gets Shown Off in Video [update]

AT&T Dell Aero Gets Shown Off in Video [update]

Android's on the rise, that's for sure. There's no doubt that the mobile Operating System from Google is one of the company's shining lights. But, what happens when you have Android on your phone, but none of the features that make it, you know, Android? When the Dell Aero was showcased at CTIA 2010, there wasn't much to show about the User Interface. And now, after seeing it in action, we know why.

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Google’s Nexus One Could Hit Verizon Wireless With Some Surprises

Google’s Nexus One Could Hit Verizon Wireless With Some Surprises

Hurry up and wait. That's what many on the Verizon Wireless network have been forced to do, ever since the Nexus One was announced back in January. Despite the fact the phone has been listed as "Spring 2010" since day one, that hasn't stopped people from impatiently waiting the handset's launch. It looks like Google is sticking to their guns, though, because there hasn't been much in the form of release date information other than that "Spring 2010" staring at you.

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Apple iPad Tutorial Videos Launched on Apple’s Site

Apple iPad Tutorial Videos Launched on Apple’s Site

With only five days left, we can imagine that most of you out there are excited that you can count down the time left before you get your very own iPad on one hand. We understand the sentiment, and we realize that with these tutorial videos published today by Apple, it's probably not going to get any easier for you. But, that doesn't mean you shouldn't watch them. After all, when you open the box and finally get to play with it, don't you want to feel like an expert?

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ARM Mali 200 GPU gets Canvas touchscreen demo [Video]

ARM Mali 200 GPU gets Canvas touchscreen demo [Video]

We're yet to see ARM's Mali 200 GPU show up in commercial devices, but judging from this video demo by NetbookNews filmed at GDC 2010 the smartphone chipset has plenty of promise.  Intended for mobile and embedded devices, but here demonstrated on a huge multitouch-touchscreen, ARM's chipset supports OpenGL ES 2.0 acceleration which is put to good use with their home-grown Canvas app.

Video demo after the cut

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TomTom add lifetime maps/traffic to $200+ PNDs

TomTom add lifetime maps/traffic to $200+ PNDs

One of the more compelling aspects of a smartphone-based PND app that uses online mapping data is that you don't need to worry so much about the maps going stale; as long as the provider is on the ball, they can update their servers and you'll spend less time accidentally trying to turn the wrong direction up one-way streets.  Now TomTom are fighting back, with a new deal for certain PND models in their TomTom XL and TomTom XXL ranges that will deliver lifetime map and traffic updates.

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Black Edition HTC Desire hits Orange UK late April

Black Edition HTC Desire hits Orange UK late April

Remember the black version of the HTC Desire spotted on Amazon earlier this month?  At the time we wondered if it was just a copy and paste job from the HTC 2010 roadmap that we saw leaked earlier in the year, back when the smartphone was known as the HTC Bravo, but now it turns out the color variant will be getting a commercial release.  Orange UK spokesperson Connor Maples has tweeted that the carrier will have "an exclusive Black Edition" of the Desire from the end of April.

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