Archive for Mar 28, 2011

Montana Radio Shack offers free gun with Dish Network purchase

Montana Radio Shack offers free gun with Dish Network purchase

If you live in a rural area where the local cable company has a junky cable line up odds are you have moved on to satellite service so you can get all the channels that your local company lacks. Even some folks that live in urban areas with lots of channels still opt for satellite service. Satellite is one of the most common alternatives to cable today.

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Microsoft 234-inch touchscreen not really suitable for Windows Phone [Video]

Microsoft 234-inch touchscreen not really suitable for Windows Phone [Video]

Ah, Minority Report; whether or not you love the film itself, it's been incredibly useful as shorthand to instantly encapsulate an eye-catching multitouch environment. Microsoft's display at CeBIT 2011 earlier this month certainly delivered on that: interactive presentation specialist Stereolize put together a whopping 234-inch touch-sensitive display for the company to use.

Video demo after the cut

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Nokia Pure revamps typography for a more modern Symbian [Video]

Nokia Pure revamps typography for a more modern Symbian [Video]

Nokia has unveiled its new typeface and branding strategy, dumping the old Nokia Sans font and adopting the new Nokia Pure both in their publicity material and on handsets. Designed to be "unfussy and modern, without being cold and machine-like," Nokia Pure also has the benefit of being usable at smaller point-sizes while still being legible.

Video overview after the cut

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Google readying Android NFC payment system with MasterCard and Citigroup?

Google readying Android NFC payment system with MasterCard and Citigroup?

Google is reportedly partnering with MasterCard and Citigroup on NFC payment technology, using VeriFone NFC-enabled payment terminals to turn Android handsets into electronic wallets. According to the WSJ's sources, those with Citigroup-issued debit and credit cards would be able to use a new Android app - initially for the Nexus S, but then for subsequent NFC-equipped phones - rather than their physical cards when the service launches later in 2011.

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Google preparing LG-made Nexus Tablet, blocking 3.0 slate updates, tips insider

Google preparing LG-made Nexus Tablet, blocking 3.0 slate updates, tips insider

Google is reportedly working with LG on a "Google Nexus Tablet", a Honeycomb reference design which - like the Nexus line of smartphones - would be first to receive OS and interface updates. According to Mobile-Review, the slate (the official name of which is currently unknown) is already being readied for a mid-summer or early-fall release.

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T-Mobile HTC Flyer promos leak with focus on Scribe Pen

T-Mobile HTC Flyer promos leak with focus on Scribe Pen

Having showed up for Sprint as the HTC EVO View 4G - complete with WiMAX onboard - and in WiFi-only form as a Best Buy exclusive, it seems the HTC Flyer isn't done spreading itself around the US. According to a leaked T-Mobile USA advert, passed to Pocketnow, the Flyer is also headed to the GSM carrier.

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SlashGear Weekly Roundup Video – March 27, 2011

SlashGear Weekly Roundup Video – March 27, 2011

We had several new smartphone and tablet announcements from CTIA Wireless that took place this week in Orlando Florida. There has also been some interesting developments having to do with Android with the launch of Amazon's Appstore and RIM's big announcement that their BlackBerry Playbook tablets will support Android apps. Read on for the full top ten list.

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Apple’s Big Success: Devaluing Everything

Apple’s Big Success: Devaluing Everything

It was while writing SlashGear's Nintendo 3DS review that it really struck me, the disparity between "traditional" software - whether that's for your desktop or a game for your console - and the new "app" ecosystem is Apple's biggest accomplishment. Where once computer software was a $40+ boxed product - and where 3DS games, and those for other consoles, are still $40+ boxed cartridges - it's now a $0.99 download, instant gratification at a cost that won't wrinkle your conscience. Tech is cheap, apps are throwaway, and Apple is to blame.

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Nintendo 3DS on sale now: Are you buying?

Nintendo 3DS on sale now: Are you buying?

It's March 27 2011 and that can only mean one thing: the Nintendo 3DS is finally on sale in North America. The company's long-awaited 3D handheld, which we reviewed last week, has not only the familiar clamshell dual-screen design of previous DS models, but a glasses-free autostereoscopic display and a new form of StreetPass communal gaming and social networking baked in from the ground up.

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Changing My Relationship Status

Changing My Relationship Status

I found out that my sister broke up with her last boyfriend because Facebook told me. Not a Facebook friend, the Web site itself. She had linked to him as her "relationship," so when you went to her profile page, it said that she was "in a relationship with . . . " that guy. Then they broke up. Being children of a digital age, they decided to tell Facebook before they told actual humans. They both changed their relationship status to "single," and Facebook sent out a message to all of their friends. The message said they were "no longer in a relationship." Facebook is a bit too smart for its own good. It saw their relationship status change and put two and two together. Or rather, it subtracted from two, and came up with zero.

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iOS 5.0 this fall with Cloud services, Latitude rival and iPad 3?

iOS 5.0 this fall with Cloud services, Latitude rival and iPad 3?

Apple is readying iOS 5.0 for a fall release, a major refresh of the mobile platform and including several cloud-based services including an online "music locker" for streaming content, and a location-tracking system for friends and family. According to TechCrunch, Apple may preview iOS 5.0 at WWDC 2011 in early June, but release it later in the year alongside the iPad 3.

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SlashGear Week in Review – Week 13 2011

SlashGear Week in Review – Week 13 2011

Welcome to another SlashGear Week in Review! This week was a big one in the mobile world with CTIA underway and lots more going in. We learned that AT&T had offered to purchase T-Mobile for $39 billion. AT&T hopes to repurpose some of the T-Mobile spectrum for 4G service. The full details of the HTC Evo 3D and Evo View 4G tablet surfaced early in the week. The Evo 3D has a 4.3-inch screen and a 1.2GHz processor and should be an interesting device.

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