Archive for December, 2010

Archos 70 Internet Tablet Available Now, First Android Tablet with 250GB HDD

Archos 70 Internet Tablet Available Now, First Android Tablet with 250GB HDD

Archos has just pulled the official curtain off the company's latest Android-based Internet tablet. The Archos 70 Internet tablet may just look like another tablet on the outside, especially when compared to previously released Archos-branded Android-based tablet devices, but this one's special. Why? Because this one's the first Android tablet to feature a 250GB hard drive under the hood.

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Windows Phone 7 DRM for Apps Cracked with Proof of Concept Program [Video]

Windows Phone 7 DRM for Apps Cracked with Proof of Concept Program [Video]

Security is an important aspect of anything that gets used by anyone, at any given moment around the world. For developers of applications that get purchased through a digital storefront, like Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 Marketplace, making sure that it's not easy, next to impossible in fact, to steal apps and put them on a device free-of-charge is just as important. But, as WPCentral reports, it looks like the Digital Rights Management (DRM) security tools set in place by Microsoft have been cracked.

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Technology Predictions for 2011

Technology Predictions for 2011

Since we are about to bring 2010 to a close I thought it would be fun to make some predictions about the technology industry for the upcoming year. Some of these predictions will be more educated and some may be bold but I’ll provide ample reasoning for all of them.

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Apple’s iTunes Rental Service is Roughly One Tenth the Size of Netflix, Analyst Says

Apple’s iTunes Rental Service is Roughly One Tenth the Size of Netflix, Analyst Says

Brian Marshall, an analyst with Gleacher & Company, has come forward and put his two cents in as to how he believes Apple's iTunes rental services compare to that of Netflix. Or, perhaps how they don't compare. He published his note on Wednesday, pointing out sheer numbers in his comparison between the two services. Considering how popular Netflix is, and the fact that the company is now eyeing the possibility of an international roll-out of its services, perhaps the results aren't too shocking.

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Origin PC Set to Show off Hybrid Liquid-Cooled Xbox 360 Gaming Computer at CES 2011

Origin PC Set to Show off Hybrid Liquid-Cooled Xbox 360 Gaming Computer at CES 2011

For companies at the Consumer Electronics Show, showing off your latest, greatest, and flashiest gadgets is a sure-fire way to make sure that people notice you at one of the largest tech-based events of the year. For Origin PC, they're planning on showing off one of the craziest hybrid gaming PCs ever, making sure that they get noticed, and memorized, at CES in 2011. While it may look like a normal, albeit bigger than usual gaming rig, there's something extra thrown in for good measure: a liquid-cooled new Slim Xbox 360.

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Micro-USB Formally Chosen as Cellphone Charger Standard by European Standardization Bodies

Micro-USB Formally Chosen as Cellphone Charger Standard by European Standardization Bodies

At the end of June, in 2009, the European Commission started a movement to make micro-USB the standardized charging port for cellphones. It was subsequently backed by roughly 90% of the cellphone market holders, with Apple, Nokia, Sony Ericsson, and Samsung (among others) all agreeing to the standardization. As any major decision usually does, even if it's obvious it should be in place, it's taken the EC plenty of time to make a decision, and now thanks to the two vital bodies within the European Standardization Bodies, it's finally been passed.

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Man Punches 15-Year-Old in the Arm for Not Turning Off iPhone on Flight

Man Punches 15-Year-Old in the Arm for Not Turning Off iPhone on Flight

Traveling can be a hectic experience for some people. Especially when you're not in control of those around you, and you have to deal with a bunch of strangers. Crying babies, obnoxious people who don't know how to share an armrest. So many possibilities that it's almost a wonder that anyone chooses to travel at all. But, we can't help but think that a kid, who happens to be playing games on his iPhone while listening to music (with headphones in), is worthy of actually getting angry over. Not to the point of punching him, anyway.

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What I Learned From a Year in 3D

What I Learned From a Year in 3D

As SlashGear's self-appointed movie reviewer, I've seen about a half dozen 3D movies this year on behalf of the site, and another half dozen on my own recognizance. After Avatar, it was clear that 3D was more than just a fad, that the new technology was a potential cash cow and definitely here to stay. But has it finally become mainstream? Is this really the year that 3D finally took off, or was the glut of 3D movies just another flash in the pan? After enjoying some of the best - and suffering the worst - that 3D has to offer, here's what I've learned this past year.

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Intel 310 Series SSDs Weighs the Same as Two Nickels, Doesn’t Slack on Features

Intel 310 Series SSDs Weighs the Same as Two Nickels, Doesn’t Slack on Features

As our favorite things in tech get smaller, it's hard to imagine that they still pack the same features, if not more, than the bigger versions in the past. But, it keeps happening over and over again, and now we see the same thing coming from Intel yet again. They've just announced their brand new 310 Series of Solid State Drives (SSDs), and they're happy to show off the ridiculously small size. Best of all, though, is that the company managed to pack in all of the same features and power of the x25-class of SSDs that these are meant to replace.

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iPad Magazine Sales Started Off Well, Now Declining

iPad Magazine Sales Started Off Well, Now Declining

When the iPad launched, Apple's tablet device, there was a lot of hype going around that the device would be the end-all of physical media as we knew it. Many were even saying that, for magazines to survive into the future, it would depend solely on the strength of the iPad's shoulders. Some periodicals debut on the device were indeed impressive. Wired saw over 100,000 downloads of its first-ever iPad edition back in June. But, it doesn't look like the trend has picked up, and some may even start saying that the longevity of the magazine has absolutely nothing to do with the iPad.

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