Archive for June, 2011

Windows Phone Mango Won’t Require Physical Buttons?

Windows Phone Mango Won’t Require Physical Buttons?

When Microsoft and Nokia first unveiled their new relationship it was said that Nokia would have certain privileges over other Windows Phone manufacturers. Microsoft has been placing hardware design restrictions on its manufacturers including the requirement of specific physical buttons. Hence, when Nokia's "Sea Ray" was leaked, the absence of buttons was assumed to be an exercise in their special privileges. But word comes now that this may not be the case.

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Pew Reports E-Reader Ownership Growth Stronger Than Tablets

Pew Reports E-Reader Ownership Growth Stronger Than Tablets

Ever since the iPad debuted, e-readers were thought to be a dying breed with Amazon's Kindle on the preemptive attack with commercials touting its glare-free e-ink display as opposed to the iPad's glossy screen. However, a new report from Pew shows that so far e-readers are still going strong. In fact, their survey shows that e-readers not only have a greater ownership percentage but also a stronger growth rate when compared to tablets.

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Olivetti Olipad 110 Android 3.1 Honeycomb Tablet Get Video Demo

Olivetti Olipad 110 Android 3.1 Honeycomb Tablet Get Video Demo

We first talked about Italian company, Olivetti, having plans for an Android tablet all the way back in December of last year. The company has since produced the OliPad 100 that was released with Android 2.2 Froyo and now has a second one called the Olipad 110 with Android 3.1 Honeycomb that's getting ready to launch. A demo video of the Olipad 110 has surfaced recently and you can watch it after the cut, but you'll need some Italian language skills.

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Microsoft Demos Tighter Xbox Kinect And Windows Phone Integration

Microsoft Demos Tighter Xbox Kinect And Windows Phone Integration

These days it's apparent that offering a complete ecosystem of services with strong developer support that connects users and all of their devices is the key to platform success. Although lagging behind, Microsoft has been busy building up their own ecosystem of services centered around Xbox LIVE, which will be the link between Windows 8, Windows Phone Mango, and Xbox 360. Recently, the company released a demo video that shows a tighter integration between Windows Phone and Xbox Kinect---video after the cut.

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Apple iTV Tipped in March 2011 Patent Listing, Full Fledged Apple Television Again Questioned

Apple iTV Tipped in March 2011 Patent Listing, Full Fledged Apple Television Again Questioned

When it comes to Apple products working with the television, it's generally either hit or miss - for example I, personally, have it in my column signature that I use an iPad for a VCR, playing Netflix shows with it all day long (that is, before and after work, of course.) Up until recently, the app didn't function well unless you had it turned to portrait mode. Recently an update fixed this and it's perfect. Similarly, I've got a friend who purchased an Apple TV and used it for a week, then never touched it again, while I've got an uncle who has the same unit and has used it basically every day since he got it. Today we find an application for iTV, a name for a product that may well push Apple to the brink of one of our most universally American products since the dawn of color sets.

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Verizon Claimed As Fastest Mobile Network For 2011, AT&T Strong In Rural America

Verizon Claimed As Fastest Mobile Network For 2011, AT&T Strong In Rural America

We all know by now that not all 4G is created equal. And with more and more of us relying on fast and reliable data connections these days as our lives revolve around accessing the internet and staying connected while on the move, its important to know how our network options stack up against each other. PC Mag took this to task with their road test of eight 3G and 4G networks in 21 U.S. cities.

[Above: Nationwide results]

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Mouse Pad Travel Pouch Raises Question of Mouse Longevity in our Modern Mobile Culture

Mouse Pad Travel Pouch Raises Question of Mouse Longevity in our Modern Mobile Culture

When was the last time you used a mouse? The last time I used a mouse, it was the late 1990s and I was playing the MMORPG Diablo II. Sidenote: Diablo III is coming out soonish, (within the next year, we hope,) and I may need a mouse - any suggestions? Since then, essentially every person I know, my age or otherwise, has been using a laptop for all their computing needs. A desktop replacement, rather, with a trackpad and no need for a mouse. The manufacturing and distribution group Smartfish has just released a product that, by all means, should have been invented years ago: the Mouse Pad Travel Pouch. Will you partake?

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MasterCard Partners With CSI For Mobile Payments App On Android, iOS, and BlackBerry

MasterCard Partners With CSI For Mobile Payments App On Android, iOS, and BlackBerry

In a strange move, MasterCard has gone on to partner with CSI for their own mobile payments app. The "tap to pay" convenience of mobile payments is expected to really expand next year, with competing services coming from the Google Walletservice, Visa, and ISIS. MasterCard was a partner for Google's Wallet service, so its not certain why they've branched off to push out a separate mobile wallet app.

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In Pursuit of Brand Me

In Pursuit of Brand Me

We are a social animal. That doesn't exactly demand a psych degree to figure out. Yet we're also a private one; there's a little of the Gollum about us, clutching close our "precious" secrets and inside-knowledge. It's no surprise that one of the recurring entries on the periodic "top ten ways to annoy people on social networks" lists is the "mysterious update." You know the sort: "Big changes afoot…" or "Oh ffs, not again!" leaving readers curious and goggle-eyed (you hope) or simply frustrated (more likely) over what exactly it is in your interesting, exciting life that you're teasing about today.

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