Archive for June, 2011

Smartphones Now Majority Of U.S. Cellphone Purchases, iOS Up, Android Flat, RIM Down

Smartphones Now Majority Of U.S. Cellphone Purchases, iOS Up, Android Flat, RIM Down

It's getting more rare these days to spot one of your friends with a cellphone that doesn't have a large touchscreen and run apps. According to a May survey polled by Nielsen of mobile consumers in the U.S., smartphones are indeed becoming increasingly more popular for consumers. Although the majority of mobile consumers still currently own feature phones, the majority of new purchases skew towards smartphones.

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Why I Can Live Without Blu-ray

Why I Can Live Without Blu-ray

There was a time in my life, not too long ago, that I thought I couldn’t live without the Blu-ray player sitting in my living room. I reasoned that since I’m such a big film and television buff, not having Blu-ray available to me would be a major issue.

But over the weekend, I had an epiphany.

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Developers Now Working with Google+ Social Gaming Team

Developers Now Working with Google+ Social Gaming Team

You knew it had to happen, it was just a matter of, what it turns out to be as, hours. A few game developers who have thus far made their bulks of cash from working with Facebook for social gaming have spoken with the folks at Gamasutra on how they plan on working with Google as soon as possible to have their games interact to the maximum using the Circles functionality, in some way or another, on Google+ and their brand new burgeoning social media platform. Just busting at the seams with people trying to get in on all the new action.

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Hanako 2 Dental Patient Robot Gets Upgraded

Hanako 2 Dental Patient Robot Gets Upgraded

It's time again for news of freakishly human-like robots from Japan. We've seen plenty of very life-like humanoid robots in the past, such as with the Geminoids, but this one has a more defined purpose. The Hanako is a dental patient robot created for simulating real-life procedures for practicing dental students. Just recently, the robot got upgraded to Hanako 2 with major improvements in appearance.

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V-MODA Debuts True Blood V-80 On-Ear Headphones

V-MODA Debuts True Blood V-80 On-Ear Headphones

Fans of the vampire series, True Blood, now have a new headphone to lust after. V-MODA has partnered with HBO to create a special high-fashion on-ear headphone called the True Blood V-80. It fuses high quality sound with premium materials, durability, and a unique interchangeable design.

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Get Google+ Invites from SlashGear!

Get Google+ Invites from SlashGear!

As you may already be aware, Google has launched their latest social networking effort as Google+. This project exists as both a mobile application suite and a web-based program where you're invited to share with all of your pals everything you'd normally share through other 3rd party systems. Google has here capitalized on the fact that already thousands and millions of people are connected to their network with things like Gmail and are pumping up the shares, video chat, interest browsing and more. But it's still all in Beta! How does one earn an invite to such a program? Let's have a talk!

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Samsung Galaxy Z distills GSII spirit into cheaper model

Samsung Galaxy Z distills GSII spirit into cheaper model

Details of Samsung's latest Android smartphone have emerged, with the Samsung Galaxy Z going up for pre-order in Sweden. The 4.2-inch WVGA smartphone is effectively a slimmed-down version of the Samsung Galaxy S II, bridging the gap between it and last year's Galaxy S. It has a Super Clear LCD display, rather than Super AMOLED Plus, and a 1GHz dual-core processor, rather than 1.2GHz on the GSII.

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RIM ignores users and has lazy marketing accuses senior exec

RIM ignores users and has lazy marketing accuses senior exec

The scathing open letter penned by what's said to be a senior RIM exec has accused the company's co-CEOs of ignoring end users, relentlessly chasing "slightly more volume" at the expense of innovation, and of being blinkered to how "painful" developing for the platform is in comparison to rival OSes. The letter, published at BGR - who say they have verified the exec's identity - sets out eight key factors that need to change, including rebranding as simply "BlackBerry" so as "to signify our new focus on one QNX product line."

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HTC Eternity leaks: 4.7-inch 1.5GHz WP7.1 Mango superphone?

HTC Eternity leaks: 4.7-inch 1.5GHz WP7.1 Mango superphone?

It's been a long time since we saw a new Windows Phone 7 device - barring Nokia's "Sea Ray" prototype - and so consider our interest piqued by the HTC Eternity, billed as a Windows Phone 7.1 Mango device that could well arrive in the early fall alongside the updated OS. HTC Inside scored the details, which tip a massive 4.7-inch WVGA Super LCD touchscreen, 8-megapixel main camera supporting 720p HD video recording, 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera and 1.5GHz processor.

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