Archive for August, 2011

iPod Touch White Next Generation Device Parts Photos Appear

iPod Touch White Next Generation Device Parts Photos Appear

It would seem that as Apple is certainly one of the most ravenously sought-after brands in the world, their under-wraps projects have one of the hardest times staying completely hidden. Case in point: the newest version of the iPod Touch. What we're being told here is that the folks at iFixDirect have gotten their hands on a couple of pieces of the 5th generation of iPod Touch, this one showing a color change to reflect what we've seen in the most recent generation of iPhones (that being WHITE, of course,) and otherwise not not much else on the surface.

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Samsung Galaxy S II LTE and Galaxy Tab 8.9 LTE Made Official Today

Samsung Galaxy S II LTE and Galaxy Tab 8.9 LTE Made Official Today

After weeks of hypothesizing, days of great guessing, and minutes of clicking alerts from Samsung, we've got it officially: IFA 2011 will be the home of Samsung's new Galaxy S II LTE as well as their brand new Galaxy Tab 8.9, also with LTE. While we'd guessed that the Galaxy S II might make an appearance at the event, we'd not yet officially heard that the Galaxy Tab 8.9 would be present - now we're sure and wow! LTE as well!

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GameStop tries to Make it Right with “Coupon-Gate” Customers

GameStop tries to Make it Right with “Coupon-Gate” Customers

Not even a week has passed since some heavy controversy surrounding GameStop and "Coupon-Gate" and they're already aiming to patch things up with customers with a coupon and a gift card - nice of them, yes? It was less than a week ago that Gamestop discovered one of the PC games they'd been carrying, "Deus Ex: Human Revolution", had inside its box a coupon for OnLive, one of GameStop's newest competitors. What ensued was a series of actions that, in the end, (or at least we hope this is the end,) had GameStop apologizing to their customers and offering them both a $50 gift card and a Buy Two, Get One Free used game purchase coupon. Will this be enough?

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Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 for IFA 2011 in a Bit More Detail

Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 for IFA 2011 in a Bit More Detail

The team at Samsung blew the top off of the Android world back in November of 2010 when the released the first real Android tablet effort across the world - what the tech world's next big convention IFA 2011 may hold is the next generation of this very model with an added 0.7-inches and a Super AMOLED display. As we know from leaked details contained in Samsung's own official "Unpacked" app for IFA in Berlin, they certainly will be releasing what's called the Galaxy Tab 7.7. Aside a "Galaxy Note" device that'll likely have something to do with a stylus for mobile devices and the "Wave 3," a Bada device with a 4-inch Super AMOLED display,, the Galaxy Tab 7.7 would be the second reported upgrade to a device already out on the market with slightly lesser specifications.

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Facebook Shuts Down Deals Program after 4 Months

Facebook Shuts Down Deals Program after 4 Months

It was a lovely 3rd of November afternoon when we first heard of Facebook's intent to create a Deals Program amongst a handful of other new features for the social networking ecosystem, and now not quite four months after its inception, the program has been cut entirely. While the Facebook Deals program seemed at first to very much be an obvious Groupon Rival, even an early June 2011 announcement of a possible UK sect of the program did not prove enough to keep the system alive, and today Facebook has announced the cutting of the Deals.

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Apple Chief Designer Jonathan Ive Exhibit now in German Art Museum

Apple Chief Designer Jonathan Ive Exhibit now in German Art Museum

All the way over in Hamburg, Germany, there's a design exhibit being shown in their Museum of Arts and Crafts called "Stylectrical: On Electro-Design That Makes History" featuring 300 exhibits, over half of which are Apple products. Long time employee Jonathan Ive, currently Apple's Chief Designer, is the most prominently featured designer in this collection, right alongside former Braun designer lead Dieter Rams, an influence of design theories of both Ive and Steve Jobs. This Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe exhibit will examine "the complex development processes of industrial electrical design in a cultural studies context", and isn't the first time Apple products have been featured in a museum, though it is the first time that all of the projects worked on and/or supervised by Ive have been showcased under one roof.

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How will Steve Jobs’ resignation affect the Apple TV?

How will Steve Jobs’ resignation affect the Apple TV?

Much of the talk surrounding Steve Jobs’ decision to resign as CEO of Apple and assume the role of chairman of the company’s board of directors has centered on the iPhone maker’s financial performance and future in the mobile market.

To some extent, that’s understandable. Shareholders care more about Apple’s financial performance than anything else. And the only way for the company to maintain its strong financial picture is to continue to deliver outstanding mobile products, like the iPhone and iPad, that people actually want to buy.

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HTC Vigor Android Handset Appears in Leaked Photos

HTC Vigor Android Handset Appears in Leaked Photos

It appears that we're right now getting our first real-world look at the HTC Vigor, a device that's been rumored to be Verizon's follow-up device coming right after the DROID Bionic. This device appears in these photos to be a rather large display-having HTC device that's got HTC's Sense user interface aboard, four Android menu buttons across the bottom front letting us know that it's still going to be running something before Ice Cream Sandwich, a front-facing camera, a back-facing camera with dual-LED flash, a lovely speaker grill on the front, two mics on the back for noise cancellation, another speaker grill in the back near the bottom, the HTC logo nicely framed on the back by ribs that cover the palm of the area where your hand will be resting, and - what's that - a red rim around the camera lens.

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Apple Ends TV Episode Rentals, Sticks with Purchases

Apple Ends TV Episode Rentals, Sticks with Purchases

If you're one of the 10 people in the world that actually simply rented a bunch of television shows from iTunes over the last year or so, you're going to need a tissue. Apple has decided to pull the plug on all TV show rentals from iTunes, leaving only two options for the viewing of TV-related media: the purchase of individual episodes or the "Season Pass" for a year of your favorite show. This should come as no shock to the public, but does point toward a couple of future options for Apple as far as how they handle television content, the first being the relatively new "iTunes in the Cloud" service we first saw a few months ago.

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Skype Launches Third Party App Directory

Skype Launches Third Party App Directory

Just as we find Skype picking up its latest awesome relatively-new app group in GroupMe group chat service, the video chatting group has now launched their very own app directory for third party apps working with Skype's telephony service. At the moment the platform is rather sparse, but as with what seems like every move Skype has made in the past few months especially, this program has great potential. As Skype's brand power and collection of users grows, so too does this Skype App Directory have the possibility of growing with it - what wonders will we find?

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