Archive for Nov 26, 2010

SlashGear Morning Wrap-up: November 26 2010

SlashGear Morning Wrap-up: November 26 2010

It's the start of another wild, weird, and wacky day, with news coming in from Japan that Darth Vader is acting as spokesman for Android, pointing at you, demanding that you buy! If you'd like to escape his grasp, but would still love a nice drink in a Google-positive environment, you can head over to the new Android-themed bar, also in Japan. Then you're going to see a real concentration of tablet-related news. The wave has really started to condense, everyone trying to chew off a piece of the one-sided hunk market that's very much alive and wild this holiday season. Sit home instead of battling it out in the streets, stay warm, stay full of turkey, and drink lots of cider today with SlashGear Morning Wrap-up.

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Google Wave open-source reprieve possible if Apache agree

Google Wave open-source reprieve possible if Apache agree

Google may have given Wave its marching orders, reassigned its team members and lost the chief architect behind the short lived group-working system, but that doesn't mean Wave is dead. A new Apache Incubator proposal would see an open-source version of the technology - hosted not by Google but by individual "Wave in a Box" (WIAB) projects - called Apache Wave live on.

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$500 off-contract Sony Ericsson PlayStation Phone tipped for MWC 2011 reveal

$500 off-contract Sony Ericsson PlayStation Phone tipped for MWC 2011 reveal

Sony Ericsson's PlayStation Phone is poised to make its debut at Mobile World Congress in February 2011, according to the latest leaks, with the company likely to use Sony's BRAVIA branding to describe the high-quality display and internally aiming for a $500 unsubsidized price. That's the word from MobileCrunch's trusted tipster, who suggests the Android-based smartphone offered "the best gaming experience [they've] ever had on a mobile device."

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DARwIn-OP open-source DIY robot gets premature reveal

DARwIn-OP open-source DIY robot gets premature reveal

A new version of the NSF-sponsored DARwIn-OP open-source robot has been spotted, the latest handiwork from Virginia Tech in collaboration with Purdue University, University of Pennsylvania, and Robotis Co. The images were discovered in among the DARwIn-OP support site photos by the RoboSavvy forum, though right now it's unclear exactly what changes have been made.

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NoMute iPad app restores orientation lock switch in iOS 4.2

NoMute iPad app restores orientation lock switch in iOS 4.2

Apple gave iPad users iOS 4.2 but took away the screen orientation lock switch in the process, and according to Steve Jobs it's never coming back. Not so fast, says the iOS hacking community; a new app called NoMute for iPad has popped up in the Cydia app store, which flips the hardware switch from being a mute control back to a screen lock.

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Pirate Bay appeal sees jail time cut but fine boosted to $6.5m

Pirate Bay appeal sees jail time cut but fine boosted to $6.5m

Pirate Bay founders Fredrik Neij, Peter Sunde and Carl Lundström have seen their convictions upheld by the Swedish court of appeal, and while the jail terms for each have been reduced, the fine levied against them has been significantly increased. Having originally been ordered to pay 30 million kronor in damages, that has been bumped up to 46 million kronor ($6.5 million).

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Nokia X7-00 leaks: S^3, quad-speakers and 8MP camera [Video]

Nokia X7-00 leaks: S^3, quad-speakers and 8MP camera [Video]

Video and images seemingly showing Nokia's unannounced X7-00 smartphone has emerged, with the touchscreen Symbian^3 handset playing Need For Speed Shift as well as navigating though the usual Nokia menus. The leak, from the Czech Modryzub forums [registration required], tips the Nokia X7 as having a polished metal body, 360 x 640 display and an 8-megapixel camera with dual-LED flash.

Video after the cut [Fixed]

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Pablo’s Heart-01 performance sampler is bizarrely brilliant [Video]

Pablo’s Heart-01 performance sampler is bizarrely brilliant [Video]

As bizarre instruments go, Rhea Jeong's Pablo's Heart-01 certainly manages to distinguish itself. Looking like a cross between an AK-16 - which the designer claims was a style inspiration - and a particularly skinny electric cello, PB-01 is actually a new performance sampler where audio clips are triggered by playing the physical strings or horn sections of the instrument.

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Family still at your house? You need the Altoids tin martini kit

Family still at your house? You need the Altoids tin martini kit

I can deal with most asshats without any issues or violence. If people I know get on my nerves too much I just don't have to see them again. When it comes to family, we don’t have that luxury. You can't just stop seeing family in most instances and no one can get on your nerves like family.

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Pure Twilight has nothing to do with vampires

Pure Twilight has nothing to do with vampires

If I want to watch a vampire movie I watch something along the lines of Blade. My wife on the other hand is a big Twilight fan and prefers her vampires all glittery and limp wristed. It's hard to get away from Twilight and the latest product bearing the name has nothing to do with vampires. The Pure Twilight is a radio that has a dome on top that glows with all sorts of different colors as a type of light therapy.

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Russia to spend $2B to clean up orbiting space junk

Russia to spend $2B to clean up orbiting space junk

You can take one look at the picture here that shows how much junk is orbiting the Earth and see that it's really crowded up there. Moreover, we keep putting up new satellites all the time. It's not only working satellites cluttering up the space around Earth, we also have all manner of trash and defunct items floating around up there.

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Tokyoflash outs Kisai RPM watch

Tokyoflash outs Kisai RPM watch

You only need to read the name Tokyoflash to know that we are going to be talking about a watch that is nearly impossible to read. The latest watch from the company is really cool, but hard to read. The thing is called the Kisai RPM watch and it has a black stainless steel strap and face.

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