Archive for Apr 26, 2011

Class action suit filed against Apple for iPhone location tracking

Class action suit filed against Apple for iPhone location tracking

I use an iPhone and I will be the first to say that the thought of my iPhone tracking my movements is irritating. There is really no need for my iPhone to be storing where I go throughout my day. I also have to wonder if this extra tracking that is unneeded was turned off if my iPhone would run longer on a charge. I guess with all the press of the iPhone tracking and storing user movements, it was inevitable that a class action suit would be filed against Apple.

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LG unveils new 3D LCDs for computer users with no flicker

LG unveils new 3D LCDs for computer users with no flicker

If you sit in front of a computer screen all day and at the end of the day you find that your eyes are tired it could be because of screen flicker. Computer screens flicker faster than you can really tell with your eyes, but that flicker is enough to make your eyes tired after as while. If you have ever seen a computer or TV on video with the flickering they do you know what I mean. LG has new computer screens that support 3D and are certified flicker free.

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iOS keeps developer hearts as tablet concerns douse Android enthusiasm

iOS keeps developer hearts as tablet concerns douse Android enthusiasm

Developer enthusiasm has shifted back to Apple's iOS amid concerns over Android fragmentation and patchy tablet reception, according to a new survey by Appcelerator and IDC. Their Q2 mobile developer report suggests that, while Android was believed to be fast catching up with iOS earlier this year, that momentum has "recently plateaued": 91-percent and 86-percent of the 2,676 developers surveyed said they were "very interested" in coding for iPhone and iPad respectively, while only 85-percent and 71-percent said the same thing about Android phones and tablets, respectively.

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Amazon demands App Store trademark trash, says Steve Jobs made it generic

Amazon demands App Store trademark trash, says Steve Jobs made it generic

Amazon has joined Microsoft in calling for Apple's App Store trademark to be rejected, arguing that "because 'app store' is a generic term, and Amazon's use of the term causes no likelihood of confusion, dilution, 19 or unfair competition" the Apple legal case against them should be dropped. Like Microsoft, Amazon's argument is that Apple's own CEO, Steve Jobs, referred to generic "app stores" in the company's financial results call back in October 2010.

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Forget XOOM, sue your rivals instead analyst advises Motorola

Forget XOOM, sue your rivals instead analyst advises Motorola

Since you can't beat 'em, sue 'em - that's the advice from one analyst to Motorola Mobility, who calls the Motorola XOOM a failure, Honeycomb "dead on arrival" and the Android Market "a disaster." Global Equities' Trip Chowdry throws out a hugely-ranging estimate for the number of XOOM tablets sold - between 15,000 and 120,000, he reckons - and suggests that, Fortune reports, rather than attempt to compete with Apple and RIM, Motorola should aim to pick off its Android OEM counterparts with patent lawsuits.

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AI runs Android, Chrome OS, Ubuntu & more on Beagleboard simultaneously [Video]

AI runs Android, Chrome OS, Ubuntu & more on Beagleboard simultaneously [Video]

Last we heard of Always Innovating, the company was talking about its Smart Book hybrid, a combination tablet and netbook, similar in concept to the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer. Now they're talking Beagleboard, and more specifically their custom environment, Super-Jumbo, to run Android 2.3, Ubuntu Maverick 10.10, Chrome OS and AI's own AIOS simultaneously on the OMAP3-based 'board.

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Gtalk video calling for Android phones tipped for Google I/O

Gtalk video calling for Android phones tipped for Google I/O

The front-facing camera on Android handsets like the Nexus S and Desire S haven't seen much official use yet; third-party video calling apps like Fring can use them, but video functionality in Google's own Gtalk has so far been limited to Android 3.0 Honeycomb on tablets. That may well change at Google I/O next month, however, with claims that a test build of Android 2.3.4 with video-capable Gtalk has been doing the rounds.

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Sony Enters Tablet Market with Two Honeycomb Devices

Sony Enters Tablet Market with Two Honeycomb Devices

Sony has announced at a press conference this morning that they plan to bring to market two Honeycomb tablets this year. The two tablets are called the S1 and the S2, both of which are still codenames according to Sony. We wrote about the S1 and Sony's CEO alerting us that they will be entering the market with a tablet earlier in the month. It turns out today is the day we get more details on those plans.

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SlashGear’s Gigantic XOOM Giveaway WINNER #2

SlashGear’s Gigantic XOOM Giveaway WINNER #2

Welcome to the second and last giveaway winner post – as long as the winner gets in contact with us in under 24 hours (give or take a few hours, to be fair,) if not, we'll be picking again! As you know from our original post, we’ve got a total of 5 tablets – 2 for SlashGear, another 3 for Android Community – we’ve got another winner announcement over there if you care to take a look, feel free to join both contests! Meanwhile, our second winner goes by the name Scott Lebsack!

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Samsung Galaxy S II Commercial Touts 8.49mm Thinness

Samsung Galaxy S II Commercial Touts 8.49mm Thinness

Samsung is ramping up its marketing for the Samsung Galaxy S II as we get closer and closer to the May 1st launch in the UK. We still think the extreme unboxings were mighty awesome of Samsung, especially with our own Chris Davies unboxing a Galaxy S II while strapped into a rally car going 120mph over bumpy dirt roads. But this new commercial released today shifts focus from its power and speed to its amazing thinness of only 8.49mm.

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RealNetwork’s Rinse Software Cleans Up iTunes

RealNetwork’s Rinse Software Cleans Up iTunes

RealNetworks is shifting gears and heading a new direction. Instead of competing with iTunes as a content provider, it wants to focus on providing tools that help manage and distribute digital media. Most recently, it launched a program called Rinse that works with iTunes to cleanup and organize your playlists.

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