Archive for Dec 29, 2010

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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LUMI Mask Will Wake You Up Gently if Enough Money is Raised

LUMI Mask Will Wake You Up Gently if Enough Money is Raised

Kickstarter has seen a lot of cool gadgets recently, all finding their way onto the site to help get money raised for the designer's (hopefully) great idea. iPod Nano watches, and then edible Jelloware cups. All of which have spent their time on Kickstarter, trying to find "backers" to invest in the idea, and bring it to life. For designer Taylor Franklin Hide, his idea is a mask that not only helps you sleep by blocking out everything in sight, but will also wake you up when the time is right.

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iPad 2 Case Mold Drawings Show Tapered Edges and Contoured Back

iPad 2 Case Mold Drawings Show Tapered Edges and Contoured Back

With 2011 inching closer, rumors and leaks regarding the second generation iPad are going to pick up speed. It's just what always happens, the closer we get to the expected announcement of a particular device from the Cupertino-based company. Earlier in the week, we saw a video of what the iPad 2's case might like; earlier than that, we heard rumors that the device may feature a smaller bezel this time around, along with a boost to the speaker. 9to5Mac managed to get their hands on some case mold drawings, and have pointed out a few interesting details from the images.

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Skype Continues to Hint at Video Calling on the Move

Skype Continues to Hint at Video Calling on the Move

Earlier in the week, Skype had some documents find their way onto the Internet, of which a few of them seemed to outline the possibility that the company was getting ready to launch video calling on the iPhone. The fact that Verizon's name was included only helped to fuel the rumors and anticipation. And by now, we know that Skype will have some kind of video calling announcement to make in Las Vegas in just a few days, at CES 2011. But, the company isn't slowing down, and they've even launched a new "What's Next" page, where they're fine showing you all sorts of neat teases about what's to come.

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SlashGear Morning Wrap-Up: December 29 2010

SlashGear Morning Wrap-Up: December 29 2010

Take a peek at a prediction column by Chris Davies: 2011: The Year of Pentaband? Glance in awe as Paul Allen sues Apple, Google, YouTube, Facebook, Yahoo, AOL, eBay, Netflix, OfficeMax, and Staples, all at once. Giggle to yourself as you see France enact a tablet tax which exempts only Windows devices. Scratch your head as Verizon plans to focus on Android, not a new iPhone, at CES. Dance with glee as Sony Ericsson's 1GHz XPeria Mini Pro's replacement leaks with stats! Wonder at Rovios elite strategy as ad consistency, location, method changes for Angry Birds on Android devices. All this and MORE on SlashGear Morning Wrap-Up!

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Nintendo 3DS Might Ruin Kid’s Eyeballs, if They’re Six Years Old or Younger

Nintendo 3DS Might Ruin Kid’s Eyeballs, if They’re Six Years Old or Younger

For as long as content has been displayed on a screen, parents have been telling kids not too sit to close. To blink. Or maybe not stare so hard. All of this in hopes that maybe, just maybe, their child's vision wouldn't get messed up before life eventually degraded them naturally. It looks like Nintendo is going to go ahead and step forward and say that, for kids that are six years or younger at least, using the Nintendo 3DS for extended periods of time with the 3D turned all the way on is dangerous for your kid's eyes.

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2011: The Year of Pentaband?

2011: The Year of Pentaband?

When Dell's Streak 7 "Looking Glass" tablet crossed the FCC earlier this week, the surprise wasn't that the 7-inch M02M slate existed but the radio it used. Boasting both AT&T and T-Mobile USA UMTS/WCDMA compatibility, the Streak 7 looks set to join the exclusive club of pentaband 3G devices. In a market where more - whether more CPU cycles, more megapixels or more screen inches - is generally the easiest fight to compete in, cellular radios seem to have been left behind. Could 2011 be the year pentaband goes mainstream?

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Palm hiring spree highlights push for developers & new form-factors

Palm hiring spree highlights push for developers & new form-factors

Palm has begun a fresh round of hiring, and the webOS maker isn't hanging around when it comes to paving the way for the 4-5 new smartphones and tablet expected to launch in 2011. While various engineer and management positions are open, it's likely Business Development Manager - expected "to successfully recruit and manage partnerships with top strategic developers to deliver compelling solutions and applications for the webOS ecosystem" - that will pave the way for further webOS success, as they boost App Catalog content.

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