Archive for April, 2011

SlashGear Morning Wrap-Up, April 27th 2011

SlashGear Morning Wrap-Up, April 27th 2011

Good morning, or good afternoon to you all, depending on where you abide. It's been another busy morning at SlashGear, and we have lots of news to wrap up for you. Verizon's 4G LTE network is down nationwide, relegating those with a 4G hotspot or an HTC Thunderbolt to 1x speeds, but don't worry, there is a workaround. Also Sony defends its handling of the PSN hack, and the sluggish pace of getting information to customers. Acer comes out with not one but two 3D devices, and Nintendo lets us know that sales of its 3DS are "weaker than expected". After hearing that sales of the 3DS set records, we wonder if we can ever believe earnings reports. Much more news to wrap up, and A NEW GIVEAWAY after the cut.

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NOOK Color Adds New Exclusive Game: Aces Bubble Popper

NOOK Color Adds New Exclusive Game: Aces Bubble Popper

The Barnes & Noble NOOK Color eReader is really setting itself apart from the competition. Earlier this week, the eReader got a firmware update that brought new features including NOOK Email and apps. The ability to download apps is perhaps the niftiest part and included several games for the eReader. New games will likely be piled on quickly, and today's latest release is the Aces Bubble Popper from Concrete Software, who also released Aces Jewel Hunt and Pocket Ants for the device.

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Verizon 4G LTE Down Nationwide

Verizon 4G LTE Down Nationwide

Verizon's experiencing some stumbling blocks the day before the commercial release of their new DROID Charge by Samsung. The LTE network that Thunderbolt users have been using with speeds of up to 12Mbps down is curently broken. Completely broken, as in down nationwide. This is only affecting the LTE component of Verizon's network, their 3G network is as strong as ever. Verizon is aware of the problem and has it's engineers working for a fix. For you Thunderbolt owners with a broken phone, there is also a workaround. This network outage is just five days after Verizon rolled out LTE to six more cities across the US.

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Qualcomm’s AR Platform exits beta: Android apps ahoy!

Qualcomm’s AR Platform exits beta: Android apps ahoy!

Qualcomm wowed us with its augmented reality photo frames last year, and appealed to our retro whimsy with virtual Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robots, and now the company is making the AR Platform responsible for the underlying technology commercially available. In beta since October 2010, the freshly official Qualcomm AR Platform consists of an SDK and a Unity3 game engine extension, opening the door to Android 2.1+ smartphone apps overlaying digital graphics onto real-world views from the camera.

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Qualcomm/BSQUARE MDP Giveaway!

Qualcomm/BSQUARE MDP Giveaway!

Qualcomm and BSQUARE have just announced the Mobile Development Platform (MDP), the latest developer smartphone with the Snapdragon MSM8660 1.5GHz asynchronous dual-core CPU and Adreno 220, and SlashGear has one to give away! It's a developer device worth $1,350, and could help change the fortunes of any Android coder looking to polish his apps for the Android Market. Find out how you can win after the cut...

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AT&T warns unofficial tethering will auto-trigger $25 extra fee

AT&T warns unofficial tethering will auto-trigger $25 extra fee

AT&T obviously isn't relying on either honor or guilt to get people to stop unofficially tethering their phones. Having sent out SMS warnings last month to smartphone users caught tethering without a special data plan that they were flouting the carrier's policies, AT&T has apparently followed up with a second message, reports TiPB, saying they'll be automatically upgrading users to the appropriate package, an extra $45 $25 per month.

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Acer Aspire Z5763 throws 3D into the all-in-one

Acer Aspire Z5763 throws 3D into the all-in-one

Acer has outed its latest all-in-one PC, and this time there's 3D in the mixture as well. The Acer Aspire Z5763 has a 23-inch 1920 x 1080 display and uses NVIDIA 3D Vision with an integrated emitter for the active shutter glasses; inside there's a choice of Intel Core i5-2400s, i5-2500s or i7-2600s CPUs along with Intel HD Graphics, NVIDIA GeForce GT440 or the GeForce GT435M.

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