Archive for August, 2010

Samsung Wave 723 tries bada on mainstream hardware

Samsung Wave 723 tries bada on mainstream hardware

We can't say we were overwhelmingly convinced with Samsung's bada smartphone OS back when we reviewed the Wave S8500, the handset's high-end specs doing most of the wowing, so we'll be interested to see how a more affordable model fares.  Samsung has just outed the Wave 723 (GT-S7320E), apparently intended to further "democritize" the smartphone market, with a 3.2-inch WQVGA LCD display, 5-megapixel camera and dualband UMTS/HSPA.

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SlashGear Week in Review – Week 34 2010

SlashGear Week in Review – Week 34 2010

Welcome to the latest edition of the SlashGear Week in Review! One of the big topics this week has been the details surfacing about the Apple iTV device that will replace the Apple TV epic fail. Kevin Rose claims that the device will have iAd-supported content and an iPad remote control. Rumors made the rounds early in the week that Apple and Verizon were still working out the details on the iPhone coming to the Verizon network. The question is if the iPhone will come soon or if they will wait for LTE networks to be rolled out.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab CDMA tested in wild again; official accessories outed

Samsung Galaxy Tab CDMA tested in wild again; official accessories outed

It's starting to feel like everybody has a Samsung Galaxy Tab but us, though hopefully that will change shortly after IFA 2010 next week.  The 7-inch slate has now shown up in Israel, complete with a CDMA radio, supposedly in the hands of a security app developer there.  Meanwhile, details on the Samsung Galaxy Tab's accessories have been spotted, including a QWERTY keyboard dock and Table Charging Station complete with HDMI connectivity.

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What Mafia II says about the Gaming Industry

What Mafia II says about the Gaming Industry

For the past week, I’ve been playing Mafia II. Like most people, I like the idea of playing a title that offers a rich story, gives me opportunities to do more than one thing, and lets me enjoy a GTA-like experience.

But as I play the game, I continue to have an unnerving thought: it represents everything that the gaming industry has become. And by doing so, it properly illustrates the issues that old-school gamers like myself find with the gaming business.

See, Mafia II is a fine game. It’s fun, it’s entertaining, and for the most part, I think the average gamer would like it. But it’s mediocre in every way.

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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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