Archive for April, 2011

DROID Charge unboxing and hands-on

DROID Charge unboxing and hands-on

It's pretty good timing for Verizon's DROID Charge by Samsung to arrive today, just when our Samsung Galaxy S II review goes live. Both smartphones share a couple of important features, most notably the 4.3-inch WVGA Super AMOLED Plus display. Unlike the previous AMOLED and Super AMOLED technology, the new Super AMOLED Plus allows you to see the display much better out in sunlight thanks to 50-percent more sub-pixels (this means twelve sub-pixels instead of eight). Looking at the display makes us want to weep like a 12-year old boy on Christmas morning. The Droid Charge has LTE to differentiate it, the second 4G smartphone to Verizon's line-up. Read on for our first-impressions.

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Belkin N150, N300, and N600 DB Routers Available Now, N450 and N750 DB Coming Soon

Belkin N150, N300, and N600 DB Routers Available Now, N450 and N750 DB Coming Soon

Belkin has just released a new line of high-performance routers, with Multi-Beam technology. The routers promise a larger coverage area, and some also feature an automatic data backup app. The N150, N300, and N600 DB routers are available in the US now, and start at $34.99 for 150 Mbps wireless speed. The higher end N+ router, N750 DB, will be available next month for $129.99, along with the N450 N+ router. The N750 DB and N600 DB are dual band devices, which "eliminate interference and optimize performance for bandwidth-intensive applications such as high-definition video streaming". See all the details on these devices after the cut.

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AT&T, Verizon Battle FCC Over 700MHz Interoperability For Smaller Carriers To Roam

AT&T, Verizon Battle FCC Over 700MHz Interoperability For Smaller Carriers To Roam

Earlier this month, the FCC mandated that large carriers such as AT&T and Verizon had to share their data networks with smaller regional carriers---they are already required to share voice networks---such that roaming deals are priced reasonably. As part of this mandate, was a push for interoperability across different bands of the 700MHz network and their associated hardware so that smaller carriers can roam on the different networks of the larger carriers. AT&T and Verizon are not too pleased and cite expense and increased handset size as making this an unfavorable direction.

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Black Diamond Interactive Ambience iPhone Dock Brings Magical Party Time

Black Diamond Interactive Ambience iPhone Dock Brings Magical Party Time

A Taiwanese duo has posted a nice little concept device at CKIE, a portal ideas/projects can be posted to seek funding. In their video, the two guys ask you to take a look at your drab room and then take a look at their's. See the difference? Yes, your room is missing the "magical" colors of the Black Diamond iPhone dock. The black translucent multi-faceted orb functions not only as a charging station but also as mood lighting by diffusing in a unique way the colors and lights coming from an app while your iPhone is docked.

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A lack of funding disconnects SETI

A lack of funding disconnects SETI

What if you were all dressed up and no place to go? Sadly, that's the quandary the Search for Extra Terrestrial Intelligence (SETI) is facing. With a severe shortage of funds for daily operation, SETI has been forced to shut down it's $50 million listening post near Mount Lassen in California. And the timing couldn't be worse, since astronomers recently found over 1200 new planets nearby, many in the so-called "habitable zone" where conditions are ideal to support life.

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Evernote for Mac 2.1 Updates Include Note Sharing and Recording

Evernote for Mac 2.1 Updates Include Note Sharing and Recording

Sometimes it is tough to organize all of the information we collect every day, and things can get lost. Where did I see that great article? Where was that recipe I saw that I wanted to make? Where is that paper that I used to write down the idea I had? Evernote, a personal and business organizational tool that lets you collect ideas, scan in handwritten notes, and save links, photos, and files, has a great solution to help. They have both a free and premium version of their app. Today, Evernote has released several updates today for their Mac app. The updates include sharing on Facebook, Twitter and elsewhere, recording audio notes, and faster search.

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Apple Using Sharp’s Next-Gen LCD Displays For iPhone 6 In Spring 2012?

Apple Using Sharp’s Next-Gen LCD Displays For iPhone 6 In Spring 2012?

With the white iPhone 4 possibly just one day away and the iPhone 5 still months away in September, it's surprising we are already on the topic of the iPhone 6. But, indeed, news on the 6th-gen iPhone has already started now with reports that Apple selected Sharp to supply the LCD displays. According to Japanese newspaper, Nikkan, Sharp will begin manufacturing the displays in Spring of 2012.

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SlashGear Morning Wrap-Up, April 26th 2011

SlashGear Morning Wrap-Up, April 26th 2011

It's been a busy morning already, with phones aplenty announced on Sprint and Verizon, and more Sony PlayStation Network news. Also, a review by the estimable Chris Davies of the Samsung Galaxy S II, the new phone is light and thin, with an extra-large 4.3 inch screen. More Apple news as well, with an Apple developer's white iPhone showing up on eBay and selling for a pretty penny. But will Apple allow it? Also, developers have more love for iOS than Android, but consumers have no love for their iPhones tracking them. In other Apple news, TweetDeck now has an iPhone app.

The ASUS Eee Transformer tab is already selling out, even before release in the US, and ASUS is working quickly to update software for the new tab. See all these stories after the cut.

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Samsung Galaxy S II Review

Samsung Galaxy S II Review

Samsung has a lot riding on the Galaxy S II. When your displays, chips and memory are found in the flagship devices of OEMs around the world, you have to expect consumers will demand more from the hardware that bears your brand. The Galaxy S II (aka Galaxy S 2 or GSII) has even more to live up to: the original Galaxy S spawned several carrier variants that helped it become the best-selling Android smartphone in the US last year, and positioned Samsung as one of the key names to beat in the segment. So, with dual-core - and freshly overclocked - processor at the ready and a huge, Super AMOLED Plus display providing some eye-catching glitz, the Galaxy S II wades into the crowded smartphone market. New Android king or pretender to the throne? Check out the full SlashGear review after the cut.

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