Archive for Jul 29, 2011

Google Search Optimized For iPads, Android Tablets

Google Search Optimized For iPads, Android Tablets

Using Google Search on tablets hasn't been difficult, but the experience is about to get even easier. The company confirmed today that it will be rolling out an update to optimize its search interface for both iPads and Android tablets. The enhancements involve not only more touch-friendly elements but also faster-loading images and continuous scrolling.

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Nintendo Possibly Taking a Loss on Every 3DS Unit Sold

Nintendo Possibly Taking a Loss on Every 3DS Unit Sold

Yesterday many things were revealed about Nintendo, facts about their abysmal earnings this past quarter, the fact that they had "few hit titles," and of course, most importantly, that the price of the Nintendo 3DS had been slashed to $170 from its original $250. Upon further analysis of the earnings call just hours ago, Nintendo's CEO Saturo Iwata appears to have revealed that the gaming company may be taking a loss on every 3DS unit sold with the cut. While some reports have Iwata saying that Nintendo's price cut for the 3DS was necessary and would improve the company's balance sheets this year and next, others have reported that he, in one set of words or another, said that Nintendo is now taking a loss on ever 3DS unit sold.

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Vizio Tablet Unboxing And Hands-On

Vizio Tablet Unboxing And Hands-On

Vizio has long been known for its budget-friendly TVs and now they’ve entered the tablet market with their very first Android slate that’s similarly affordable. It quietly hit the market recently for $349. Given its lower-end target, the Vizio Tablet obviously isn’t competing for the most cutting-edge specs, but instead offers more functionality for the everyday consumer, packing in some rather unique features.

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Volkswagen Temporary Auto Pilot demo gives car intelligence

Volkswagen Temporary Auto Pilot demo gives car intelligence

Self-driving cars are still quite a few years off, but Volkswagen hopes that its so-called Temporary Auto Pilot (TAP) could help avoid a few accidents until then. The system, demonstrated for the first time on a new Passat test mule, uses a barrage of sensors to momentarily assist in the control of the car, keeping it positioned in the lane, under the speed limit and automatically slowing when workers are in the road.

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Intel: Apple’s electron-blindness is App Store’s shortcoming

Intel: Apple’s electron-blindness is App Store’s shortcoming

Intel's AppUp digital store chief Peter Biddle reckons Apple's App Store doesn't consider electrons enough to be a success, and believes that separating out hats and hammers, moms and hipsters is the way forward for software retail. "We love the idea that there could be thousands of stores" the exec suggested at a press event this week, The Register reports, cutting through the App Store morass by allowing independent store managers to curate their own selection.

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Spy pic snapped on train could be the iPhone 5

Spy pic snapped on train could be the iPhone 5

Yesterday we showed you pics of the cases that had surfaced that were supposed to be for the iPhone 5 according to sources. The cases in the leaked photos are made from silicon and are supposedly based on leaked details from Foxconn. The cases apparently will fit a device that has a wider screen and a tapered back.

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HTC confirms 6-8 new phones/tablets in 2H 2011

HTC confirms 6-8 new phones/tablets in 2H 2011

HTC has announced that it has 6-8 new devices in the pipeline for the remainder of 2011, a mixture of Android, Windows Phone and tablet hardware. Confirmed as part of the company's Q2 financial results presentation, HTC failed to give an exact breakdown of which models will use which OS, but did say that Android would be the dominant platform. As for its money-making performance, HTC announced "record-breaking" results and the fifth consecutive quarter of growth, with NT$17.52bn ($607m) after-tax profits, more than doubling the performance in Q2 last year.

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Google Music Beta account holders get two invites each

Google Music Beta account holders get two invites each

If Google didn’t see fit to bless you with an invite to the launch of its Google Music Beta program you may have felt slighted. You may even know someone that got into the beta round and been more than a little jealous. I hope that jealousy didn’t turn into some sort of bitter feud though considering the announcement that Google has now made.

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