Archive for December, 2010

WakeMate Bursts Into Flames Due to Issues with USB Charger

WakeMate Bursts Into Flames Due to Issues with USB Charger

After reaching an important milestone, perhaps the most important one of them all for a new company, of sending out the first WakeMate units, it looks like Perfect Third Inc. is facing a serious issue with their USB chargers. A big enough issue that the device is reportedly catching on fire. The CEO of the company has issued an official notice regarding the situation, and advises that you do not use the USB charger, under any circumstances.

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Potential Solution for Windows Phone 7 DRM Crack in the Works

Potential Solution for Windows Phone 7 DRM Crack in the Works

A couple of days ago, we reported that, thanks to a proof-of-concept video, it was more than evident the security behind the applications on Microsoft Windows Phone 7 Marketplace's isn' the best in the world. Or even close. Through a simple crack, anyone could easily strip the Digital Rights Management (DRM) tools in place, and download a paid application from the Marketplace, and install it on any Windows Phone 7 device they wanted. And while the conversation towards illegal downloads could have easily exploded, in which case Microsoft would have had an ever-worsening case on their hands, it looks like it's taken a different turn. The developer behind FreeMarketplace, the tool needed to crack the DRM on applications, has actually turned his knowledge over and has begun trying to figure out a solution for the problem.

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SlashGear’s 2010 Wrap-Up

SlashGear’s 2010 Wrap-Up

We've already told you what to expect from 2011 and the imminent CES 2011 show next week, courtesy of Tim Bajarin's excellent editorial, but it wouldn't be fair to the departing twelve months to let them pass without a SlashGear wrap-up. 2010 has seen its share of highs along with a fair few worrying lows, with Apple extending its much-coveted brand to include a best-selling tablet, Android growth bursting through the roof, and privacy becoming the buzzword seldom from headlines.

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Xbox LIVE Indie Game Developers Take Part in Winter Uprising

Xbox LIVE Indie Game Developers Take Part in Winter Uprising

Microsoft's online gaming and media service, Xbox LIVE for the Xbox 360 is a place where gamers, and entertainment-loving folks in general can go and download all sorts of things to pass the time. A strong moneymaker for the Redmond-based company is Xbox LIVE's Arcade, where developers and publishers can release "classic" titles, along with smaller games that may not be big enough to fit into a full "retail" package. Titles like Limbo and Monday Night Combat managed to garner plenty of rave reviews, and even some "best of" lists. But, there's another section on Xbox LIVE that hasn't received so much attention: Indie games. In fact, getting any kind of face time on Xbox LIVE for the Indie game developer has been sort of a rough patch recently.

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Notion Ink Demos Eden in Part Eight of Series, Shows Off 3rd-Party App Installation [Video]

Notion Ink Demos Eden in Part Eight of Series, Shows Off 3rd-Party App Installation [Video]

Notion Ink's Adam tablet is still a hot ticket, with people all over the world waiting to get their hands on their very own Android-powered tablet device. The story of the Adam is a roller coaster in of itself, but the company has made huge leaps forward when it comes to showing off the device. Perhaps hearing people call out for actual video of the device, along with its User Interface (UI) and functionality actually sank in (it did). We've seen plenty of videos of the Adam in the past, and now Notion Ink's Rohan Shravan is ready to show off something else: Eden VIII.

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Apple’s App Store Gross Revenue to be $2 Billion in 2011, According to Citibank

Apple’s App Store Gross Revenue to be $2 Billion in 2011, According to Citibank

When the App Store launched, apps on your smartphone were just a novelty. But as the applications got better, and ultimately more advanced, the money started rolling in. Finding an application for something you need, whether it be a quick way to balance your checkbook, or some game that will keep you entertained on the spot, is one reason why Apple's App Store is so popular, and keeps raking in the money. According to a new report from Citibank, it doesn't look like that momentum is going anywhere, and in fact, will probably pick up in 2011.

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The Cat’s In the Cradle and the PS3

The Cat’s In the Cradle and the PS3

When I was a kid, my dad would clobber me at video games. He's not a gamer. He didn't grow up playing games, and he didn't have much interest once games became popular. But we had an Atari 2600, and I remember spending rainy days playing games with my dad. We would play Basketball, which consisted of two jagged stick figures bouncing a square. I was probably 10 years old, or so. We would play for money. He would beat me out of a month's worth of allowance, then I would cry until he let me welch on our bet. So, obviously when I had a son of my own, I couldn't wait to get him started playing games.

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OffHollywood Studio Head Mark Pederson’s RED EPIC Stolen from Chalet

OffHollywood Studio Head Mark Pederson’s RED EPIC Stolen from Chalet

To be an early adopter is one thing, but to be the first person to own something as extravagant as the RED EPIC camera, well that's something completely different. And it obviously puts you on the radar of a lot of people. And some of those people may not have the best of intentions. For OffHollywood studio head Mark Pederson, who was the first person to own a RED EPIC, that lesson came the hard way, when he learned that his French chalet had been broken into, and cash wasn't the only thing taken.

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Scientists Use Nintendo’s Wiimote to Measure Water Evaporation

Scientists Use Nintendo’s Wiimote to Measure Water Evaporation

Finding equipment for scientist's to use in their daily tests, studies, and anything else can be a hassle, simply due to cost. But thankfully, consumer electronics have seemingly caught up with much of the equipment that scientists use. The only difference is that the devices consumers use are particularly cheaper. That's one of the main reasons that some scientists have begun using Nintendo's Wiimote, the controller for Nintendo's Wii home videogame console, to measure water evaporation.

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Palm Pre 2 for Verizon Appears in Best Buy’s System, Still Not Available

Palm Pre 2 for Verizon Appears in Best Buy’s System, Still Not Available

It's been over two months since the Palm Pre 2 was announced, with the company saying that the Verizon version of the device would be released "in the coming months." The handset's available in Europe, and you can even buy yourself a GSM-based unlocked version of the second generation Pre, but there hasn't been any word on the handset landing on Verizon since its announcement. Of course, there's been rumors, but nothing official. And while seeing the Pre 2 appear in Best Buy's system is no indicator as to when, exactly, the handset will be showing up for sale, at least we know that the retailer is getting ready to sell it. And that's a pretty good step forward.

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