Archive for October, 2010

Soon We’ll Tell You if Facebook is Making an Android Phone

Soon We’ll Tell You if Facebook is Making an Android Phone

Or at least, we'll tell you whatever they're about to tell us, and it appears more than likely that it'll have something to do with phones, contact lists, and a mysterious connection to Firefox, iPhone, Google Chrome OS, and two of the most rock and roll developers in the world: Joe Hewitt and Matthew Papakipos. We'll be at a special Mobile Event at Facebook HQ on November 3rd and we'll be able to tell you all about it. Until then, speculation below!

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Samsung Galaxy Tab Review

Samsung Galaxy Tab Review

Samsung's Galaxy Tab proved to be the product of IFA 2010, and has seldom left the headlines since its Berlin debut. Seven inches of Android slate, it promises to be the open alternative to Apple's iPad and the poster-child for Google's OS done right on a bigger display. It's also prompted some significant criticism, with even Steve Jobs weighing in on how suitable the Tab's screen and OS are to tablet use. Plenty to live up to, then, not least the price tag; check out the full SlashGear review after the cut.

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SlashGear Week in Review: Week 43 2010

SlashGear Week in Review: Week 43 2010

Welcome to this week's edition of the SlashGear Week in Review and Happy Halloween! Monday a Verizon Android smartphone for the coming LTE network was spotted. The device has no name yet, is said to support HD video capturing, and appears to have a front camera for video calls. A Dutch subsidiary of Microsoft let slip this week that Windows 8 is under construction. The next OS from Microsoft is about two years away, though no one will be surprised if that launch date slips.

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User Interface Updates for Notion Ink

User Interface Updates for Notion Ink

The folks at Notion Ink have some updates on their ever-evolving user interface, and as a bonus, they offer a video example of their 1080P in action and Full Volume *loud when you watch it, so turn the sound down before pressing play. Also, if you've been following the Notion Ink blog, you aught to know they've picked their top 10 list for logos and that all the folks who are on that list will be given something special! Then there's updates on the Aqua (Aero, Glass, and Gloss,) the Browser, and the Panels.

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Why I Won’t be Getting a Kinect at Launch

Why I Won’t be Getting a Kinect at Launch

If you’ve been following my column on SlashGear, you know that I’m a pretty serious gamer. In fact, I’d say that I’m about as hardcore as they come. Aside from the fact that I’ve been playing games for longer than I choose to remember, I have real and abiding love for everything from role-playing games to sports games. There hasn’t been a single genre that I haven’t at one time or another loved.

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The Daily Slash: October 29 2010

The Daily Slash: October 29 2010

Today we've got the unboxing and hands-on of a T-Mobile G2 and an HTC Desire Z. We've got reviews of a whole slew of items, such as the HTC HD7, some Parrot Zikmu speakers, and a pair of JH Audio JH16 Pro earbuds. There's a big fat reminder of the costume contest for the LG Optimus T (YOU COULD WIN IT). We have a conversation with Barnes & Noble, learn of a lovely couple of pumpkin carvings, and get listed in the featured section of the ever-so-nicely-designed Pulse App for all your favorite devices. Get into it! Today, on The Daily Slash.

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Sprint CEO Says WiMAX is their 4G Strategy, Period

Sprint CEO Says WiMAX is their 4G Strategy, Period

Dan Hesse, CEO of Sprint, said recently of the company, "Our 4G strategy is WiMAX, full stop." Of course I had no idea what "full stop" meant when I read it, so I had to look it up, and of course it's just another way of saying "period," as in the mark at the end of this sentence. That means that the ONLY plan Sprint plans on enacting for their 4G strategy is WiMAX. The WiMAX interface was the only interface available at the time when Sprint first had the opportunity to make the move to 4G, and according to Hesse, "it was perfect with the spectrum we owned [2.5GHz.]"

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Microsoft Purchasing Chip Company Canesta

Microsoft Purchasing Chip Company Canesta

Microsoft just goes to the bakery and orders one chip company, right? I go there for cookies. Microsoft may very well be on the verge of buying Canesta, a chip company that specializes in gesture recognition technology - the kind that lets people control devices by moving their bodies rather than touching or clicking. This technology, when combined with cameras, allows devices to perceive the world in three dimensions. Prepare for robot apocalypse.

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Apple Now 4th Largest Global Mobile Phone Vendor

Apple Now 4th Largest Global Mobile Phone Vendor

During my work as a market analyst with Creative Strategies,Inc we are constantly analyzing market share of whatever companies or products we are tracking.   My colleagues over at IDC have recently released numbers showing that Apple has now entered fourth place passing R.I.M in worldwide shipments of mobile phones.   Some people may read this and think these numbers are just for SmartPhone shipments however that is not the case.  Apple is now the fourth largest mobile phone vendor globally of total units shipped.

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