Archive for Aug 27, 2010

HTC Branded Device with 8MP Camera Unveiled, Heading to Verizon

HTC Branded Device with 8MP Camera Unveiled, Heading to Verizon

Usually when a device makes an appearance on the Internet, a name of some kind follows suit. This time, though, we aren't so lucky. Thanks to one of Boy Genius Reports Ninjas, we've got a first glimpse of some unknown HTC manufactured device, with the upper-class look of the Nexus One, and the size of the HTC EVO 4G. And, as you might have already imagined (if the title didn't give it away), it's apparently heading towards Verizon.

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Paul Allen Sues Google and Apple, Other High-Profile Companies

Paul Allen Sues Google and Apple, Other High-Profile Companies

When it comes to patents, making sure that yours are kept up to date, and that other companies aren't using the same technology that you incorporated in them is a prime directive. Even patents that aren't necessarily as high-profile as some others, they still need to be defended. And that's exactly what Paul Allen, Microsoft co-founder, is doing. In a new report that came to the surface today, it looks like Allen is suing Google, Apple, and a slew of other high-profile companies in a patent dispute.

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Music in the Cloud? Hallelujah.

Music in the Cloud? Hallelujah.

I have always had a theory about music. I believe that our musical taste, more than our taste in any art form, is shaped by people we know and aspire to be like. I think that musical taste is much more learned than we realize, much more formed than innate. The music that we like and the music that we hate are strongly associated with people in our lives.

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University of Florida Launches StarCraft Course

University of Florida Launches StarCraft Course

Ever wondered how video games could be incorporated into a major university? And we're not talking about them just being at parties. No, we mean really incorporated. While we may have always been dreaming about playing video games while we were in class, apparently the University of Florida wants to take it one step further, and actually put a video game into a classroom. And, not just as an entertainment getaway for students with a huge test to finish. No, they want StarCraft to actually be the class.

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Apple App Store Adds Hardcore Games to App Store Essentials

Apple App Store Adds Hardcore Games to App Store Essentials

Around the time the iPad launched, Apple's self-proclaimed magical and revolutionary tablet device that we're sure you've heard about by now, they realized that their App Store had to get switched around a bit. Soon after, specialized areas started to show up here and there, especially with some centered around the iPad specifically. Still, the majority simply focused on broad categories, like games. To be a bit more focused though, they added "App Store Essentials," and that's pretty much what you might expect: the stuff you need to have on your iDevice.

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Wavetooth Waterproof Bluetooth Headset Means You Can Swim and Talk, Finally

Wavetooth Waterproof Bluetooth Headset Means You Can Swim and Talk, Finally

Having a waterproof phone is all well and good, but let's face it, sometimes you just don't want to hold it to your head while your swimming, or bathing yourself. But you just have to have that conversation with someone right there, right then. Hey, we don't judge. So what would make the whole thing make more sense? A waterproof Bluetooth headset, of course. And that's exactly what the Wavetooth is (shocker, right?).

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Microsoft Kinect Can Support More Than Two Active Players

Microsoft Kinect Can Support More Than Two Active Players

Microsoft's motion-sensing peripheral, Kinect, is one of two major peripheral releases coming from two major companies in the video game industry. However, unlike its main competition (in the sense that they are releasing roughly at the same time), Microsoft's version doesn't use a controller that you hold in your hand to represent actions on the screen. No, in Microsoft's case, you are the controller. And since that became known, there's been plenty of people wondering several different things: can you play it sitting down? And, probably the loudest to date: how many players can play at the same time?

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Apple iPod Touch 4th Gen Could See New Flat Back, iPod Nano Getting a Touchscreen

Apple iPod Touch 4th Gen Could See New Flat Back, iPod Nano Getting a Touchscreen

The closer we get to September 1st, the more the rumor mill regarding the upcoming devices from Apple will pick up. It's the same every time. That doesn't make it any less exciting, though. After seeing some cases pop up on a Chinese vendor's website, it seems that some new sources are coming forward, and enlightening us on what the new fourth-generation and sixth-generation iPod Touch and iPod Nano are going to look like.

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2011 The Year of the Super Phone

2011 The Year of the Super Phone

I first heard the term "Super Phone"  used as it relates to a new category of devices at a conference I attended last month. I’ve thought for a while now that the industry needed to come up with a term other than smartphone to distinguish these new classes of devices. Even though I’m not completely in love with Super Phone as a term (and I’m pretty sure consumers don’t care about these terms anyway) it is perhaps the best so far.

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Verizon Droid Incredible by HTC gets Android 2.2, 720p HD video, Flash Player now

Verizon Droid Incredible by HTC gets Android 2.2, 720p HD video, Flash Player now

If you've been waiting patiently for Verizon to push out the Android 2.2. Froyo update for the HTC Droid Incredible, not taking the easy option and opting for one of the unofficial ROMs that are circulating, then today could be the day your high standards are rewarded.  Verizon has pinged us to let us know that they're pushing out Froyo for the Droid Incredible as an OTA update, complete with Adobe Flash Player 10.1.

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Firefox Mobile Fennec Alpha hits Android and N900 [Video]

Firefox Mobile Fennec Alpha hits Android and N900 [Video]

Firefox Mobile for Android and the Nokia N900 has been pushed out, or at least Mozilla's Alpha release of the smartphone browser.  Natively supporting Firefox Sync - bringing desktop browsing history, bookmarks, passwords, form-fill data and open tabs to the mobile app - the new browser apparently concentrates on increasing speed and responsiveness, with Mozilla debuting their new "Electrolysis" and "Layers" technology.

Video demo after the cut

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