Archive for Apr 29, 2011

Logitech admits just $5m in Google TV profits; hopes “next-gen” will save it

Logitech admits just $5m in Google TV profits; hopes “next-gen” will save it

Logitech has confirmed a mere $5m in sales of its Google TV product range, centered around the first STB for the Android-based project, the Logitech Revue. Revealed in the company's recent financial report [pdf link], the sluggish sales were accompanied by a slump in Harmony universal remote profits, despite overall sales being up.

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PlayStation Network credit card data reportedly up for sale warn security experts

PlayStation Network credit card data reportedly up for sale warn security experts

Sony's PlayStation Network headaches continue, with security researchers claiming that the hackers who broke into the company's databases are offering to sell credit card numbers stolen from PSN users. Trend Micro threat researcher Kevin Stevens, reports the NYTimes, says that not only are the hackers seeking in excess of $100,000 for the database - which Sony has insisted is encrypted, but which other security experts warn may too have been infiltrated - but that they even offered it back to Sony.

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DROID Incredible 2 Review

DROID Incredible 2 Review

Last April we described the original DROID Incredible as an "excellent" device, buoyed above the then-competition by virtue of its 8-megapixel camera and user-friendly HTC Sense interface. Since then, Android phones have grown second processor cores and even bigger displays, and the smartphone market in general has become a far more competitive place. Can the Verizon DROID Incredible 2 pick up where its predecessor left off? Check out the full SlashGear review after the cut.

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White iPhone 4 Thicker Than The Black iPhone 4

White iPhone 4 Thicker Than The Black iPhone 4

The white iPhone 4 officially went on sale today and we had a lovely hands-on time with it this morning. We even went as far as snapping a shot of it next to a Samsung Galaxy S II. The new color on the iPhone 4 certainly makes it look bright and fresh, but more and more folks are noticing that the white color also makes the iPhone look fat.

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South Park Spoofs Apple Location Tracking Controversy

South Park Spoofs Apple Location Tracking Controversy

The Apple location tracking controversy continues with denials from Apple and a class-action lawsuit pending. It sure didn't take long for South Park to take a fun jab at the situation in their Season 15 episode titled HUMANCENTiPAD. Enjoy a short segment of the video after the cut.

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RIM Lowers Forecasts For Q1 Earnings And Revenue

RIM Lowers Forecasts For Q1 Earnings And Revenue

In contrast to the positive earnings reports from rivals Apple and Microsoft, the BlackBerry maker Research In Motion (RIM) warns of slower than expected sales for their smartphones. RIM has lowered their forecasts on their current quarter's earnings guidance with its shares plunging 11 percent.

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Redbox Kiosks To Start Offering Game Rentals In June

Redbox Kiosks To Start Offering Game Rentals In June

Coming this summer, those red kiosks that seem to guard the entries of every pharmacy and grocery store across the nation will begin offering game rentals on top of their current DVD movie rental service. Redbox announced today that it will fully deploy game rentals at its kiosks starting in June. It had began experimenting with the model in limited regions last year.

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Android 2.3.4 hitting Nexus S OTA with Gtalk video calls [Video]

Android 2.3.4 hitting Nexus S OTA with Gtalk video calls [Video]

Google has begun OTA distribution of Android 2.3.4, and as expected one of the features it enables is video calling in Gtalk. The video functionality - rumored earlier this week - is for Google's Nexus S, and functions not only over WiFi but 3G/4G connections, presuming your carrier allows it.

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Microsoft Announces Strong Q3 Earnings Report, Revenue At $16.43 Billion

Microsoft Announces Strong Q3 Earnings Report, Revenue At $16.43 Billion

All the quarterly earnings reports are rolling in, with announcements last week from Intel and Apple among others, and an announcement today from Microsoft. For its fiscal third quarter 2011 earnings, Microsoft reported $16.33 billion in revenue, which far exceeded analysts' expectations. This figure is a 13 percent jump from the same period during the previous year.

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Al Gore, Ex-Apple Engineers Make First Interactive E-Book Publishing Platform, Push Pop Press

Al Gore, Ex-Apple Engineers Make First Interactive E-Book Publishing Platform, Push Pop Press

E-books have become increasingly popular with the adoption of eReaders such as the Amazon Kindle and the Barnes & Noble NOOK, with even library lending of e-books on the rise. Stepping up from eReaders we get full on tablets that add another level of full color touchscreen interactivity. But up until now, e-books have remained just static digital versions of the original. That's about to change.

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Sony Teaser Video For S1 And S2 Android Tablets

Sony Teaser Video For S1 And S2 Android Tablets

Despite recent woes on the PlayStation Network front, Sony officially announced its first two contenders to enter the tablet battlefront. Codenamed S1 and S2, the two Android Honeycomb tablets will be powerful Tegra 2 dual-core devices geared for PlayStation gaming. Following Sony's announcement, they unleashed a teaser video for the duo. Watch it after the cut.

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SlashGear Morning Wrap-Up, April 28th 2011

SlashGear Morning Wrap-Up, April 28th 2011

Good news this morning, with Verizon's 4G LTE back online in time for the launch of the DROID Charge. But this is a black eye for Verizon, casting doubt on the reliability of their network, and leaving subscribers to wonder why they had to use a workaround to get 3G. We have a hands-on of the new white iPhone 4 that Chris Davies visited with in London, complete with a video and a comparison to the Samsung Galaxy S II. Also, users that had manually updated their Nook Color found their e-reader bricked after the 1.2 update was installed. No word yet on a fix, just that "engineers are investigating the issue". Also, the Huawei lawsuit, RIM's questionable OS update, the G-Slate, more on the Sony PSN story, plus the Samsung Galaxy S II launch in Korea. Lots more after the cut.

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