Archive for August, 2011

SlashGear at IFA 2011: What to Expect

SlashGear at IFA 2011: What to Expect

This week in Berlin, SlashGear will be covering IFA 2011, one of the oldest industrial exhibitions in Germany - the following is a guide to what we're expecting to see. We'll be covering a whole range of hardware, software, and beyond while we're at the week-long series of events, starting with Samsung's Unpacked II, this Thursday the 1st of September, where we'll be live-blogging the event from the site. We've got leaks and tips from all sorts of brands and from all manner of devices, come with us and explore the next generation of gadgets and technology straight outta Germany!

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Google chairman blasts UK education focus

Google chairman blasts UK education focus

Google chairman Eric Schmidt has taken time out from telling people to get over their fear of real names on Google+ to smack down the UK education system, citing "a drift to the humanities" that has left the country floundering when it comes to digital development. "I was flabbergasted to learn that today computer science isn't even taught as standard in UK schools," Schmidt said during the MacTaggart lecture in Edinburgh The Guardian reports, pointing out that "your IT curriculum focuses on teaching how to use software, but gives no insight into how it's made." According to the Google exec, while the UK "invented computers in both concept and practice" it is currently "throwing away" that heritage.

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Verizon passed on Samsung Galaxy S II for DROID Prime exclusive

Verizon passed on Samsung Galaxy S II for DROID Prime exclusive

It was disappointing news that Verizon passed on the Samsung Galaxy S II, which would have been awesome as a dual-core 4G LTE smartphone, but it looks like the carrier made the decision in order to bring us something that could be even better. Insider sources are saying that Verizon ditched the Galaxy S II for an exclusive on Android's upcoming flagship handset that will be the first to run Android Ice Cream Sandwich.

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SignalGuru helps shave fuel costs for drivers using a smartphone

SignalGuru helps shave fuel costs for drivers using a smartphone

With the price of fuel today, most drivers are looking for a way to cut what they pay at the pump. A company called SignalGuru has a new system that uses a smartphone and the phones rear mounted camera to see traffic signals and predict the timing of the next light. The goal is to get the driver to the next light without having to stop. That means less wasting gas. SignalGuru claims that the system helped drivers cut about 20% of their fuel costs when tested in Cambridge, Mass.

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Toshiba Satellite L755D-S5204 Review

Toshiba Satellite L755D-S5204 Review

The Toshiba Satellite L750 Series offers affordably priced all-purpose laptops that target everyday use for students, families, or home businesses. They boast large 15.6-inch widescreen displays that come in either HD or 3D that are great for watching movies and multitasking along with strong all-around performance. And with a price tag starting at $474.99, the series is definitely worth consideration for the budget-conscious. We got to spend some time with the L755D-S5204 model from the series that’s configured with an AMD Fusion accelerated processor, so continue after the cut for our full review.

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Toshiba Satellite P745-S4250 Review

Toshiba Satellite P745-S4250 Review

The Toshiba Satellite P740 Series is focused on delivering excellent on-the-go multimedia and entertainment performance. Laptops in this series are 14-inches for easy portability while still providing ample space for movie viewing on its HD widescreen display. Add to that great audio quality with Harmon/Kardon stereo speakers as well as Dolby and Waves audio enhancement technologies. The model we had the opportunity to test out is the P745-S4250, which sports the latest Intel Sandy Bridge chip and retails for $779.99. Continue after the cut for our full review.

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LG slashes capital expenditures thanks to sagging demand for TVs and Notebooks

LG slashes capital expenditures thanks to sagging demand for TVs and Notebooks

LG has announced that it is slashing the investment plan it has for capital expenditures for 2012 to a three year low. The cut in expenditure is a sign that the demand for flat screen TVs and computers is sagging. We already knew this from the poor sales of notebooks at some of the major makers. LG also announced that it has no plans to build a new LCD factory in 2012.

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