Archive for Jan 31, 2011

Angry Birds Rio Coming to smartphones and tablets in March

Angry Birds Rio Coming to smartphones and tablets in March

I have seen a few previews for the animated movie called Rio at the theater and on TV over the last few months. The Rio flick is an animated carton movie that follows a couple macaws and their adventures. The movie looks very funny. A tie in with the Angry Birds mobile game has been announced.

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Blind man drives tech laden Ford Escape around race track alone

Blind man drives tech laden Ford Escape around race track alone

The National Federation for the Blind has announced that a blind man has driven a tech enhanced Ford Escape Hybrid around the famous Daytona International Speedway on the 1.5-mile road course section without the assistance of a sighted person. The demonstration used a Ford Escape Hybrid vehicle and was part of the festivities leading up to the Rolex 24 at Daytona.

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Active Media Products SATA Disk-on-Modules are first to hit 64GB

Active Media Products SATA Disk-on-Modules are first to hit 64GB

Sometimes in an enterprise setting a server or other computer only needs a small amount of storage and that storage needs to be fast and compact to fit into a small enclosure. Active Media Products has just announced that it has new Disk-on-Modules specifically for the enterprise market.

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Google recruiting for internal devs as App Store war escalates

Google recruiting for internal devs as App Store war escalates

Google is looking to intensify its internal work on mobile app development, in a play to better challenge Apple in software for smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices. According to the WSJ's sources, Google plans to recruit software engineers, product managers, user-interface experts and others to help bolster the Android Market with quality apps; however, insiders also claim that not all of the titles will be Android-exclusive.

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LG G-Slate makes second video tease; ports & flash on show [Video]

LG G-Slate makes second video tease; ports & flash on show [Video]

LG's G-Slate got a teasingly brief show on-stage with T-Mobile back at CES 2011, then flashed its 3D camera array in a K-Pop music video, and now the tablet has cropped up again online. MysteryGuitarMan has managed to acquire the Honeycomb slate but seems reluctant to do more than just whip it in front of the camera while talking about 3D.

Video after the cut

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Apple too closed and Steve Jobs ego-led rants Netgear CEO

Apple too closed and Steve Jobs ego-led rants Netgear CEO

Netgear's CEO and global chairman has heavily criticized Apple for its closed ecosystem, blaming Steve Jobs' ego for certain aspects of company strategy, and suggesting that once the iconic CEO steps down permanently Apple will struggle against Android becoming the de facto standard in consumer electronics. Speaking to the Sydney Morning Herald, CEO Patrick Lo claimed that Steve Jobs' departure is "probably not far away" and that Apple's closed system is leaving content partners "wary" of the company's control.

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Facebook Places Deals hits UK and Europe

Facebook Places Deals hits UK and Europe

Facebook has officially announced Places Deals for the UK and Europe, extending the location-based discount and loyalty scheme first rolled out in North America back in November 2010. Users of the social network will be able to check into businesses such as shops, cafes, bars and restaurants, and obtain coupons and discounts in the process.

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iPad 2 uses 1.2GHz dual-core, 30-35% slimmer display, tips analyst

iPad 2 uses 1.2GHz dual-core, 30-35% slimmer display, tips analyst

Fresh iPad 2 speculation this weekend, as a new Chinese analyst report lends weight to some of the more common rumors we've been hearing, as well as getting specific about what processor the second-gen slate will run. According to Ming-Chi Kuo of Concord Securities, in a report quoted by AppleInsider, the new iPad will use an ARM Cortex A9 1.2GHz dual-core CPU complete with Imagination's SGX543 dual-core graphics. However, according to Kuo there won't be a dual-mode iPad world 3G model.

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AT&T leak: 12 new Androids in 2011, 20 4G devices

AT&T leak: 12 new Androids in 2011, 20 4G devices

Ambitious news out of AT&T, with a leaked slide suggesting that the carrier plans to release a full 12 new Android devices in 2011. That's not all, though; the slide - passed to Phandroid - confirms that AT&T expects not just two exclusive 4G devices in Q1 2011, but to have a range of twenty to choose from by the end of the year.

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What Went on at Macworld This Weekend? [Best of Show Winners Listed]

What Went on at Macworld This Weekend? [Best of Show Winners Listed]

First, let's talk about what Macworld is briefly - it's a trade show where all sorts of Apple enthusiasts can show off their wares in an almost completely non-fruit-free environment. This used to be where Steve Jobs set up shop to show off Apple's newest wares until 2009 when they began hosting their own events (which we basically always attend.) This convention has been going on since 1985 and is generally accepted as being sort of "past it's prime" but is still going relatively strong. This year's Macworld took place January 25th through the 29th, and dismissed the idea that no Apple keynote means no Macworld FOREVER!

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SlashGear Week in Review- Week 5 2011

SlashGear Week in Review- Week 5 2011

Welcome to this week's edition of the SlashGear Week in Review! If you are a PC hardware geek an AMD spokesman causally showed off an unannounced video card on Monday called the HD 6990. The card has dual GPUs and should be very fast. We heard a bit of early detail on the PSP2 from Nikkei that claimed the new portable would have an OLED touchscreen, 3G and a new CPU. That would make for a very impressive portable indeed.

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Nokia E7 hits Indonesian pre-order with big promotions push [Update: Scans!]

Nokia E7 hits Indonesian pre-order with big promotions push [Update: Scans!]

The Nokia E7 inches ever closer, with the company's Indonesian site the latest to push the sliding QWERTY smartphone. Expected sometime in February, the E7 has found itself a 6,800,000 Indonesian Rupiahs ($749) unlocked and SIM-free, and according to SlashGear tipster Fransiscus is already being heavily promoted in the country.

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