Archive for Feb 27, 2011

The Best Picture of the Year

The Best Picture of the Year

Having reviewed some of the worst movies of the year for this SlashGear column, I can finally set my sights on the best of the best, just in time for the Oscars. I'm only going to focus on one category, the most important one, the Best Picture. Full disclosure: I haven't seen all of the movies, but I've seen more of the ten nominees this year than in years past, and I've probably seen more than you have, because you didn't want to sit through the movie where the guy cuts his own arm off.

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SlashGear Week in Review – Week 9 2011

SlashGear Week in Review – Week 9 2011

Welcome to this week's edition of the SlashGear Week in Review! It was a busy week in the tech world with some major new products landing this week. The new Hanvon HPad A112 surfaced packing Android Froyo, a 3MP camera and a lot more. The tablet has a 7-inch 800 x 600 screen and is 10.8mm thick.

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I’ll Be First In Line for the Sony NGP, Not the Nintendo 3DS

I’ll Be First In Line for the Sony NGP, Not the Nintendo 3DS

My love for video games is unconditional. I’m just as much a fan of the Nintendo Entertainment System as I am a fan of the PlayStation 3. I love the PSP as much as I love my old GameBoy. And I’m just as willing to pick up my Nintendo DS as the Sega Dreamcast. Simply put, I’m a gamer to the core.

But I just don’t think I’ll be waiting in line for the Nintendo 3DS when it launches in the United States on March 27.

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HP TouchPad, Pre3 in Dr Dre Music Video “I Need a Doctor”

HP TouchPad, Pre3 in Dr Dre Music Video “I Need a Doctor”

For those of you much more interested in the webOS aspect of this article, you must forgive me, as I've got not only a healthy addiction to the mise on scene of music videos, but also the awesome implications of cross-branding. What we're looking at here is a video for rapper / producer Dr Dre's newest single "I Need a Doctor." In this video you'll see not only an HP TouchPad, not only an HP Pre3, but a very visible demonstration of webOS' new "Touch to Share" functionality. What you'll see the two sharing is medical information about the artist who in the video is receiving futuristic care for a terrible car crash he's suffered. This is not the first time Dr Dre has supported an HP product (think Beats by Dre,) but it is the first time one of these products has carried webOS.

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World’s First Robot Marathon in Osaka, Japan

World’s First Robot Marathon in Osaka, Japan

The world's first robot marathon is being held in Osaka, Japan. The contest is expected to take up to four days to complete with toy-sized robots traversing over 26 miles (42km) to complete 423 laps of an indoor track. Video of the competitive race after the jump.

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OnLive Cloud Gaming Offers Free Console With Game Pre-Order

OnLive Cloud Gaming Offers Free Console With Game Pre-Order

OnLive is trying a new tactic that could prove to be pretty smart. The company is offering a deal right now where if you pre-order THQ’s Homefront game from February 25th to March 14th you’ll get a free version of its OnLive gaming system. The system normally retails for $99, but by giving it away free they may be able to get the system into a lot more hands than otherwise.

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HTC Thunderbolt Available Online But Can’t Checkout

HTC Thunderbolt Available Online But Can’t Checkout

With the HTC Thunderbolt release once again postponed, it seems fans are getting antsy and a little crazy. One fan has taken it upon himself to figure out a way on HTC's online store to force the listed device into his shopping cart even though he could not checkout. He was then kind enough to share his process and even offer up the below screenshot as proof of his deed.

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Bing Launches Autosuggest Flight and Price Predictor Travel Search

Bing Launches Autosuggest Flight and Price Predictor Travel Search

Microsoft's Bing already has an edge over Google when it comes to travel search, but now it really ups the game with new Price Predictor and Autosuggest Flight Prices features. This improvement makes it really easy to find the best priced flight just by typing in your destination into the search box.

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Verizon CEO: Apple LTE Products Coming

Verizon CEO: Apple LTE Products Coming

The first Apple LTE product is coming to a Verizon store near you very soon. Dan Mead, CEO of Verizon, recently confirmed that his company will offer Apple mobile products on their LTE network. No product name was given, but the two likely candidates right now are the iPhone 5 and the iPad 2.

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World’s First Flexible Organic Microprocessor

World’s First Flexible Organic Microprocessor

At the International Solid-State Circuits Conference this week, European researches unveiled the world's first flexible microprocessor made with organic semiconductors. Although the processing power is equivalent to a 1970's era silicon model, the advantage of this development is that it can bend. This could lead the way towards cheaper flexible displays and sensors used for clothing, construction, or food and pharmaceutical labeling.

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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Announcement Near

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Announcement Near

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 could be taking over the life of a gamer near you very soon. A new teaser site has popped up online that some believe may be linked to the series. "Findmakarov.com" takes you to a website with a brief audio clip and a counter, with roughly five days left on it, counting down to zero. Vladimir Makarov was a major villain in the last CoD game.

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Google Changes Search Algorithm to Combat Content Farms

Google Changes Search Algorithm to Combat Content Farms

You may notice that Google is functioning a little differently today. The search engine recently made a major change to their search algorithms in order to strike back at so-called "content farms". These sites, which feature large amounts of mass-produced content angled to rank high on Google, have been accused of reducing the overall quality of search results. Demand Media, owners of eHow, are perhaps the best-known content farm.

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