Archive for Jul 27, 2011

The Daily Slash : July 27, 2011

The Daily Slash : July 27, 2011

Today's edition of the Daily Slash is strewn with rumors and speculation about none other than the fastest selling Android device of all time, that being the Samsung Galaxy S II. I say speculation and rumors because this device is not yet released in the USA, and once it does get here, it could be in basically any shape or form, so watch out! We've also of course got reviews of the brand new MacBook Air as well as Mac OS X Lion, not to mention the brand new Toshiba Thrive, the Motorola XPRT, and yes, we do have several giveaways going on this week, all of them for tablets.

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Luminate Aims to Turn Web-Based Images to Interactive Apps

Luminate Aims to Turn Web-Based Images to Interactive Apps

The folks at the company formerly known as Pixazza, if you've ever heard of them of course, have rebranded themselves as "Luminate", launching today a brand new platform that'll allow web-based images to act as mini-applications. What this will do, essentially, is if you take a look at the image below this paragraph, you'll see several elements that, if you were looking at them in a real-world setting, you'd be able to touch and get a reaction out of. What Luminate intends to do is make that situation a reality inside the web browser with minimal effort on the part of the developer or webmaster who wishes to have said functionality.

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Razer Switchblade first to grab Atom Z690; still insists it’s just a “concept”

Razer Switchblade first to grab Atom Z690; still insists it’s just a “concept”

Razer has confirmed that its Switchblade gaming notebook will be the first device to use the Intel Atom Z690 processor. The Switchblade - announced at CES 2011 earlier this year, though at the time billed as merely a concept - will use the 1.7GHz chip to run its 7-inch multitouch-capable display and dynamic keyboard, which can change key-legend to suit whatever title is being played.

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International Space Station to get watery grave in 2020

International Space Station to get watery grave in 2020

Better book your space holiday fast if you were hoping to spend a romantic weekend at the International Space Station. After 2020, when the ISS is decommissioned, it will be purposefully dumped into the ocean so as to avoid becoming another piece of potentially dangerous "space trash." Such a chunk of abandoned detritus almost collided with the ISS itself last month, forcing crew to pre-emptively climb aboard their escape craft.

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Dell Stage software for Android and PCs gets update

Dell Stage software for Android and PCs gets update

Dell has been packing software into its PCs and some of its other devices for a while now called Stage to allow access to all sorts of content. Dell has announced that Stage with SyncUp is getting updated with some new features. The new features include the Stage Remote and cloud-based storage and streaming. Dell is offering 2GB of free cloud storage with Nero SyncUp integration.

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Netflix to start streaming Mad Men today

Netflix to start streaming Mad Men today

Netflix is constantly looking for new streaming content to add it its lineup to woo more and more folks into paying for streaming. I guess at this point Netflix needs some new content to help soothe the feathers of the people unhappy about recent price increases. Netflix also recently announced a new streaming deal with DreamWorks that will see some cool content coming.

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Drift HD sports camcorder debuts

Drift HD sports camcorder debuts

Tiny little rugged camcorders are finding their way into all sorts of places. A lot of professionals in action sports and motorsports use this sort of little rugged camera to record their practice runs so they can learn from mistakes and little HD cameras like these are also used in TV production too. A new rugged action camera has surfaced from Drift called the Drift HD for point of view filming.

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Mozilla Boot to Gecko will use Android to beat Android (and iOS, too)

Mozilla Boot to Gecko will use Android to beat Android (and iOS, too)

Mozilla has announced plans to develop a new mobile OS, Boot to Gecko (B2G), which will leverage web-based HTML5 apps on top of a spartan Android foundation. B2G, so the fledgling project page suggests, will "displace proprietary, single-vendor stacks for application development" or, in other words, mean that developers might not have to code separate apps for iOS, Android and other platforms and instead can create a single web-app.

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Nokia, ZTE and Huawei face InterDigital 3G patent lawsuit

Nokia, ZTE and Huawei face InterDigital 3G patent lawsuit

The ebb and flow of the patent battles in the tech world never cease to amuse me. They are never ending for many firms. Nokia is one of the tech firms that is always on the giving or receiving end of legal drama. Not too long ago Nokia beat Apple in court and Apple was forced to pay licensing fees to Nokia. Nokia is now on the other side of a legal dispute with a suit filed by InterDigital.

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