Archive for Feb 28, 2011

Gmail in the midst of service interruption

Gmail in the midst of service interruption

If you are a Gmail user today may not be starting smoothly for you. Gmail is having a service disruption right now and according to some reports, the problem is going well beyond simply not being able to log into Gmail.

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Park bench presses ads on your bare legs

Park bench presses ads on your bare legs

If you thought pop-ups and spam were the lowest forms of advertising you were wrong. At least with a pop up the company isn't using your body to advertise like the ad this bench presses into your bare skin when you sit down.

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Geek invents cell phone button pushing machine for weekend job

Geek invents cell phone button pushing machine for weekend job

Apparently, Mok Young Bacq works on the weekends doing some sort of work for an online gaming company that involves needing three mobile phones and being able to call a number of things stop working correctly. The guy likes to travel and the roaming charges on the mobile phones were more than he could stand to pay so he cobbled up a DIY machine to press the buttons from home over the internet.

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NFL Scouting combine uses Under Armor shirts with sensors

NFL Scouting combine uses Under Armor shirts with sensors

I was sitting in the lobby at the local barber shop this weekend and happened to catch a bit of the NFL Scouting Combine where some of the players were wearing this cool shirt from Under Armor called the E39 that had sensors embedded. The shirt has a little green light that flashes on front to give a visual indicator that it is working.

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SeaMicro SM10000-64 grabs 256 64-bit Atom CPUs for distinctive server

SeaMicro SM10000-64 grabs 256 64-bit Atom CPUs for distinctive server

Intel's Atom N570 processor isn't just to be found inside Lenovo's IdeaPad S100; server manufacturer SeaMicro has followed up its first Atom-based model, the SM10000, with a new version boasting 64-bit support. The SeaMicro SM10000-64 answers the main criticism of the first, Z530 based server, running enterprise-friendly 64-bit software with no modifications required. The dual-core chips also mean that the SM10000-64 requires just half the processors of its predecessor, though that doesn't make it necessarily cheap

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Fujitsu 22-inch Wireless Displays cut all the cords

Fujitsu 22-inch Wireless Displays cut all the cords

Fujitsu has unveiled what the company is calling the "world's first truly wireless display," using a combination of cable-cutting wireless data and an inductive power system. Set to go on show at CeBIT 2011 this week, and expected to spawn commercial displays "within the next year," the Wireless 22-inch Fujitsu screens use SUPA (Smart Universal Power Access) hotspots built into desks, countertops and office panels.

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Apple gesture lock-screen borrows Android security

Apple gesture lock-screen borrows Android security

While enthusiasts on each side will readily - and lengthily - argue which Apple innovations have been "borrowed" by Android and which Google cleverness has been "embraced" in iOS, these lock-screen dots caught running on an internal iPhone app do seem to be heavily Android inspired. 9 to 5 Mac's sources passed them screenshots of the gesture-based lock system, apparently in use on the employee-only Apple Connect app.

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Next-Gen Windows UI previewed: Kinect, Windows Phone & bubbly tablets [Video]

Next-Gen Windows UI previewed: Kinect, Windows Phone & bubbly tablets [Video]

Microsoft has previewed a next-gen UI for smartphones, tablets and PCs, which evolves the traditional windows and icons into bubbles of information which can be manipulated with motion-tracking hardware. The video, presented by Microsoft Chief Research and Strategy Officer Craig Mundie, shows how gadgets like Kinect and multitouch displays like Surface can be used for more naturalistic interaction with data.

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BlackBerry PlayBook “will also support Android apps” says RIM rep [Video]

BlackBerry PlayBook “will also support Android apps” says RIM rep [Video]

A BlackBerry rep has seemingly confirmed that the PlayBook tablet will indeed run Android apps, as rumored over the past few weeks. The demonstrator told MobileMondayRio that "we will also support Android apps when we release the Dalvik engine on top of QNX" during MWC 2011.

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Verizon HTC Trophy caught in wild: First Windows Phone for Big Red?

Verizon HTC Trophy caught in wild: First Windows Phone for Big Red?

Verizon hasn't officially announced what its first Windows Phone 7 device will be, nor when it might arrive, but if you were hoping for a brand spanking new smartphone running the Microsoft OS then you'll be sorely disappointed. A shot of a Verizon-branded HTC 7 Trophy has leaked to Engadget, seemingly confirming earlier rumors that the entry-level smartphone would be headed to the CDMA carrier.

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Nintendo 3DS teardown puts 3D parallax display under microscope

Nintendo 3DS teardown puts 3D parallax display under microscope

The new Nintendo 3DS hit Japanese shelves over the weekend, and that meant it was only a matter of time before engineers there decided to rip it apart. We've already seen one pre-release teardown of the 3DS, but TechOn is going one stage further and putting the parallax display under the microscope.

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SlashGear Weekly Roundup Video: February 27, 2011

SlashGear Weekly Roundup Video: February 27, 2011

Hey guys, this is our very first SlashGear Weekly Roundup video. We highlight the top ten news of the week and hope this will be a good way for those to quickly catchup on the most important weekly tech news. Check it out after the jump and feel free to give us some feedback.

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