Archive for May, 2010

Verizon Wireless Will Move Away from Unlimited Plans for LTE Network

Verizon Wireless Will Move Away from Unlimited Plans for LTE Network

Bad news for hardcore data users out there, we imagine. Our pining for an unlimited data plan, when Verizon Wireless finally transitions to their LTE network, is something that we don't keep secret. But obviously we don't get everything we want, now do we? Speaking at a Barclays Capital conference this week, Verizon head-honcho Lowell McAdam made some revealing comments about the largest wireless carrier in the United States' transition to 4G, and how it will affect those who want to pay for its data.

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Steve Ballmer Won’t be Making it to WWDC, or Dancing With the Stars

Steve Ballmer Won’t be Making it to WWDC, or Dancing With the Stars

Well, that was quick. We had brought you a story earlier today, about a particular analyst out there who believed, pretty strongly, that Steve Ballmer, CEO of Microsoft, would actually be making an appearance at this year's WWDC. You know, the one that's built around Apple's developer community, and where they're likely to announce the next iPhone. Apparently Ballmer was going to show up to announce something like Silverlight on the iPhone, or to announce iPhone OS and Mac development tools in Visual Studio 2010. Yeah, it was unbelievable, and sure enough, none of it's true.

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Time Warner and NBC Will Remain Flash-Focused

Time Warner and NBC Will Remain Flash-Focused

Apple's iPad is something of a powerhouse when it comes to videos, or at least that's what Apple wants you to think of their tablet device. And, if you were to watch the antics of ABC and Netflix, then you might think that's true. But, they're not the only sources of video out there, and even if CBS and others are focusing on the transition to HTML5 themselves, there's still some companies out there that believe Flash is still where the focus of the Internet is. For example, Time Warner and NBC dont' feel the need to switch.

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Facebook Android SDK Now Available to Developers

Facebook Android SDK Now Available to Developers

In the beginning, Facebook didn't have a very high perception of Google's mobile Operating System. And so, as they focused on the iPhone Operating System (OS), it wasn't a surprise for anyone. But then, out of nowhere, Facebook (finally) released an official application for Android, rightly entitled: Facebook for Android. And now, as a recent update finally allows messaging support with the app, Facebook is providing full details for developers to tie their Android native applications to the Facebook platform.

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SlashGear Warpia Wireless USB A/V Adapter Giveaway!

SlashGear Warpia Wireless USB A/V Adapter Giveaway!

As digital content collections grow, more and more people are looking for the easiest way to connect up their PCs and laptops to their HDTV.  Warpia's Wireless USB A/V Adapter Set is one easy way to do just that: wirelessly squirt the audio and video from your computer to either an HDMI or VGA connection on your TV or projector.  Thanks to Warpia, SlashGear has one Wireless USB A/V Adapter Set to give away to a lucky reader; check out how you can win after the cut.

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Google TV: Good Idea, Poor Initial Execution

Google TV: Good Idea, Poor Initial Execution

At last week’s Google I/O conference, the search giant revealed plans for new web video technologies, an update to Android, and Google TV. Before we get into what Google TV is, it’s worth noting something that it isn’t – a tablet. (You’re probably thinking, “I don’t need a fancy analyst guy to tell me that Google TV isn’t a tablet, it’s sort of self-evident.” Bear with me.) Apple’s unbelievable early success with the iPad is due in large part to the fact that the iPad isn’t an entirely new product – it’s a sibling to the iPod touch. However, in addition to extending the iPhone/iPod/iTunes ecosystem to include the iPad, Apple rewrote its apps for the larger form factor and encouraged developers to specifically target the iPad with a segmented app store. Google is now targeting all three screens, the PC, TV, and phone, but missed the opportunity at its annual developer event to promote its vision for things that fit in between the phone and PC. There will be dozens of Android tablets out this year, and none of them will have an optimized experience. I think this is a major missed opportunity.

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Nokia Instant Community gets new video demo: ideal for cruising

Nokia Instant Community gets new video demo: ideal for cruising

Nokia Research have pushed out a second video demonstrating their Nokia Instant Community system of WiFi-based group messaging, and while first time around it was portrayed as a way to share sport event and concert opinions with those nearby, now everything has gotten a bit cruisy.  The principle is the same - ad-hoc WiFi connections are set up with nearby devices, and you can send out text, photo and video messages as well as see how many of your previous contacts are within range - but now it's being used to woo with amateur poetry, reconnect with random people you "encountered" at the gym, and get yourself invited to parties.

Video demo after the cut

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Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex HDD Review

Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex HDD Review

In the world of external storage the upgrade path is obvious: slap a bigger drive in your enclosure and wait for people to fill it with media. Seagate's GoFlex Storage System, however, takes a slightly more complex route; thanks to an array of interchangeable cables individual FreeAgent drives can be used with not only USB, eSATA and other ports, but in a range of media players and docks. Is the flexibility worth putting up with an unusual port? Check out the full SlashGear review after the cut.

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BBC iPlayer iPad update goes live

BBC iPlayer iPad update goes live

The BBC have updated their iPlayer app to suit the iPad, fresh to UK shores, and the Flash-free tablet can now stream TV and radio via its wireless connection.  Where the previous version required Flash support in order to stream to a mobile device, the updated iPlayer gets a finger-friendly interface and iPad-friendly codec.

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Early iPad deliveries prompt over 100,000 complaints

Early iPad deliveries prompt over 100,000 complaints

Early iPad deliveries across Europe have left many Apple fans contentedly playing with their new tablet toys a few hours ahead of what they expected, but according to couriers TNT it's also been a huge source of complaints.  Mobile Industry Review was told by a TNT representative that the couriers responsible for the iPad shipments have "had over 100,000 complaints today because of the iPad early delivery," as preorder customers who had made plans to sign for the slate tomorrow have discovered a failed delivery attempt was in fact made today.

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