Archive for March, 2011

Dell Venue Pro Receiving Windows Phone 7 Update “Copy and Paste” Starting Today

Dell Venue Pro Receiving Windows Phone 7 Update “Copy and Paste” Starting Today

In addition to a Windows Phone 7 update, users of the Dell Venue Pro will be being sent a separate update for the handset that will provide additional enhancements and fixes. There's no ETA on this update, but the WP7 update is indeed rolling out to users today, March 31, 2011. This update is known as "Copy and Paste" and will continue to be released in a phased fashion over the next few weeks.

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Amazon/Google Ramping Up Interest in NFC

Amazon/Google Ramping Up Interest in NFC

According to the site Near Field Communications World, Google and Amazon.com are both showing some interest in Near Field Communications, or NFC. Google has joined the NFC Forum as a Principal member, which allows them to use their own in-house facilities to conduct NFC Forum certification testing. Amazon, also is showing serious interest in the technology, considering expanding Amazon Payments to include payments via mobile phones. Read more about these developments after the cut.

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A New Concept for Rechargeable Batteries – USB

A New Concept for Rechargeable Batteries – USB

When my son was born, and his vibrating bouncy seat started eating through AA batteries like jelly beans, I bought rechargeable batteries. But I found them kind of a pain. They didn't always charge back up very well, and it took a long time to charge them. Therefore, the battery charger is now in a drawer, and while we still go through AAs like crazy for all those electronic toys, I just buy regular batteries. But if this concept design comes to light, I might just switch back. Continuance is a battery with a USB port right in the side.

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eBay Sales of iPad 2 are Brisk Due to Limited Supply

eBay Sales of iPad 2 are Brisk Due to Limited Supply

Demand is still far ahead of supply for the iPad 2, which has proved to be quite a boon to eBay sellers. AppleInsider was able to get initial iPad 2 sales data from eBay, which shows what models are the most popular, and who is buying them. Most of of the units (65%) are being sold in the U.S., showing that even though the device has been out for a few weeks now, there is still a shortage.

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Google’s Facial Recognition App Found Falsified by CNN [Update: CNN statement]

Google’s Facial Recognition App Found Falsified by CNN [Update: CNN statement]

Google has just reached out to us to let us know that CNN has reported entirely false information on what they're calling a Google Facial Recognition app. In fact, as Google tells us, there is no such app, and any functionality like what CNN has reported on will not be implemented in any Google application until they've got full privacy policy and more in place. Google's privacy model for this functionality is currently not in place, nor have they reported or noted when this will be complete.

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Sony Ericsson XPERIA Play Review

Sony Ericsson XPERIA Play Review

Frankly, it's a surprise it's taken them this long. The idea of a PlayStation phone hasn't been so much a persistent rumor as it has a cellular cloud hanging over both Sony and Sony Ericsson. It overshadowed the launch of the PSP Go and has been responsible for untold speculation about terse relations between the divisions. Throw in more pre-announce leaks than average, and the Sony Ericsson XPERIA Play has quite the reputation to live up to. Can the first gaming-centric Android smartphone deliver both the polished day-to-day experience we now expect, and live up to the PlayStation branding? Check out the full SlashGear review after the cut.

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Windows Phone 7 Drawing Developer Interest

Windows Phone 7 Drawing Developer Interest

Microsoft has reported that there are 1,200 new developers joining the AppHub community each week, showing that there is considerable interest in building apps for Windows Phone 7. Even though the platform has only been available to consumers for four months or so, the developer tools have been available for over a year. And celebrating that first year of Windows Phone development, Microsoft's Brandon Watson has come out with a list of statistics that help to show the progress of Windows Phone 7 AppHub and the developer community.

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