Archive for January, 2011

Lenovo and NEC team up for PCs and smartphones

Lenovo and NEC team up for PCs and smartphones

During a news conference earlier today, Lenovo CEO announced that they are forming a joint venture with NEC to focus on increasing sales of personal computers in Japan. With the market focused on mobile products, the joint venture has expressed interest in pursuing developments in that arena as well.

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More Action And Fewer Cutscenes In Video Games, Please

More Action And Fewer Cutscenes In Video Games, Please

Video games are more like movies than ever before. Studios are spending boatloads of cash to get epic games on store shelves, and along the way, they’re making stories more engaging and dramatic. A key component in a developer’s ability to create a more cinematic experience is the use of cutscenes. Just about every game nowadays starts out with a cutscene to break gamers into the title and ends with a cutscene to close out the story. Most titles also have scenes sprinkled throughout to add a bit more color.

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Double USB – It goes both ways

Double USB – It goes both ways

Inserting a USB connector is generally a fairly simple task. But there's always that little pesky split second you spend checking which side is on top. Now considering how many devices these days rely on us plugging and unplugging their USB connectors, we are possibly wasting loads of time each day. This problem may now be solved should the Double USB design from Yanko be adopted as a standard.

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Netbook shipments expected 18% decline

Netbook shipments expected 18% decline

Tablet PCs are elbowing out netbooks according to a report put forth by DRAMeXchange in Taiwan. The forecast predicts that netbook shipments in 2011 will decline 18% to about 27 to 28 million units with primary growth only to remain in emerging markets.

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Verizon HTC Thunderbolt to do simultaneous voice & 3G data?

Verizon HTC Thunderbolt to do simultaneous voice & 3G data?

The Verizon iPhone 4's inability to do simultaneous voice and 3G data is still one of the key differentiators between it and AT&T's GSM version, but it seems not all Verizon smartphones are created equal. According to a purported leak from inside the carrier and passed to Phandroid, the upcoming HTC Thunderbolt will actually support simultaneous voice and 3G data; however, it's not something we should expect to hear Verizon making much noise about.

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SlashGear Morning Wrap-Up: January 27 2011

SlashGear Morning Wrap-Up: January 27 2011

Let's take a look at a few statistics before we begin a day of releases and leaks, shall we? First, AT&T finances reveals that thus far, 4.1m iPhones & 442k tablets have been activated. Then, Qualcomm First Quarter Results Report reveals $1.17 Billion in Net Income, that being up a whopping 39% since last year. Next, there's some big reveals coming your way from Sony: Sony PlayStation Suite & PS Store for Android gaming and Sony NGP is “next generation portable” PSP2. Looks like a day for gaming if you ask me. How about one from the makers of Final Fantasy - Square Enix announces Crystal Defenders for Android. That font treatment remind you of anything? It's squaring up to be a colorful day here on SlashGear Morning Wrap-Up!

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Qualcomm First Quarter Results Report $1.17 Billion in Net Income, Up 39% Compared to Last Year

Qualcomm First Quarter Results Report $1.17 Billion in Net Income, Up 39% Compared to Last Year

Miraculous. Qualcomm, the folks that bring you Snapdragon chips, the ones going in basically every big-name superphone coming out in the near future. In addition to their First Quarter Results showing a 39% increase in Net Income when compared to exactly one year ago, their Non-GAAP Revenues have gone up 25% as well over the past year, from $2.67 billion to $3.35 billion. Massive amounts of cash flying around here. Why have profits increased so much at this time when smartphones are taking over the mobile market? Why, that's both the question and the answer, of course!

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