Archive for December, 2010

B&N NOOKcolor took retailer’s top spot; almost 1m ebooks sold on Dec 25 [Updated]

B&N NOOKcolor took retailer’s top spot; almost 1m ebooks sold on Dec 25 [Updated]

Barnes & Noble has announced that its NOOK range has become the retailer's biggest selling line in the company's history, with the NOOKcolor taking the number one spot as the best-selling gift of the holidays. Meanwhile, almost one million B&N ebooks were purchased on Christmas Day, despite widespread reports of server issues plaguing the service for the holiday weekend.

Updated with B&N statement on the server outages after the cut

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“Apple will totally do a 7-inch device” insists lead Android advocate

“Apple will totally do a 7-inch device” insists lead Android advocate

Steve Jobs minced no words back in October 2010 when he described 7-inch tablets as "dead on arrival", telling investors that Apple had decided "this size isn’t sufficient to create great tablet apps." Now Android developer advocate Tim Bray has offered up some advice of his own to Jobs, suggesting that "Apple will totally do a 7-inch device" and that when it comes to the validity of so-called "tweeners" the "argument is over."

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The importance of CES and what to expect in 2011

The importance of CES and what to expect in 2011

Next week, over 110,000 people from all over the world will head to Las Vegas for the annual Consumer Electronics show, (CES) the largest gadget show in the US. I attended my first CES in 1976 and in those days, this show had everything from watches to refrigerators on display besides TVs, stereos and car audio systems.

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Sanyo GOPAN rice-bread machine is crazy sales success in Japan [Video]

Sanyo GOPAN rice-bread machine is crazy sales success in Japan [Video]

We generally associate Sanyo with HD camcorders, but Japan is actually going wild for the company's kitchen appliances instead. The Sanyo GOPAN looks like a regular bread maker, but it actually bakes rice bread from grains of rice rather than pre-milled rice flour. That might not sound like much, but it's enough to make the $612 GOPAN a massive best-seller in Japan and force the company to freeze sales until April so that production can catch up with demand.

Video demo after the cut

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SlashGear Morning Wrap-Up: December 30 2010

SlashGear Morning Wrap-Up: December 30 2010

Bypass! As a cool group of hackers bypass PS3 security. Discover! What the Japanese already know in early 2011 with Sharp Galapagos Android tablets. Beware! As a virus by the name of Geinimi flies through your Android device via side-loaded apps. Giggle! As a hybrid DIY project iPhone/Android/Game Boy in a geeky mashup. And get TOTALLY PUMPED UP! At our full guide and demo of the totally leaked Android Honeycomb Music Player - everything you need to know to get it working for you! All this and MORE on SlashGear Morning Wrap-Up!

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Apple Ping-style shopping network app detailed in patent application

Apple Ping-style shopping network app detailed in patent application

Apple is seemingly considering a Ping-style social networking system for shopping, which would allow users to canvas opinions on potential purchases, rate businesses and product lines, and get gift ideas. A patent application titled "Social Networking in Shopping Environments" describes an in-store kiosk which would offer a stock list to a user's iPhone; from that list, the shopper could then ask questions from their contacts or other friends lists about individual items or ranges.

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LucidLogix Virtu dynamic GPU system for Intel Sandy Bridge revealed

LucidLogix Virtu dynamic GPU system for Intel Sandy Bridge revealed

LucidLogix has announced a new GPU virtualization system that would allow NVIDIA and AMD GPUs to work together with the integrated graphics in Intel Sandy Bridge powered computers. According to the company, the new Virtu system manages both the discrete GPU and the Sandy Bridge graphics, assigning high-power tasks to the dedicated graphics and then shutting them down during low-demand periods so as to save power and reduce energy consumption.

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Google carrier ambitions the “nuclear option” says analyst

Google carrier ambitions the “nuclear option” says analyst

Google's potential carrier ambitions are again being raked over, with suggestions that underwhelming net neutrality rulings, the failure of the Nexus One sales experiment to marginalize carrier control, and growing use of Google Voice are all signs that the search giant might cut out the middle man and run its own network. CNN Money reckons that Google's intentions are most clearly telegraphed in a September 2010 SEC filing by the company, in which they voice concerns that net neutrality regulations could allow carriers to "degrade, disrupt, or increase the cost of user access" to Google products and services.

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Skype iPhone video calls could eat AT&T data plan in under an hour

Skype iPhone video calls could eat AT&T data plan in under an hour

Skype's new video call functionality in the updated iPhone app works, but it could have a significant impact on your data usage every month. Unlike Apple's own Face Time video calling, which only works over WiFi connections, the new Skype for iPhone video calls can be made over a 3G connection. However, 9 to 5 Mac found that those cellular video calls churn through a whopping 3.4MB of 3G data per minute.

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